MileSplit Best of 2008: #3 German Fernandez (CA) tops national two-mile record at NON



MileSplit Best of 2008

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.For us here at MileSplit and hopefully the rest of the prep X-C and track and field world, 2008 was a year like no other. It was an Olympic year. A historic year. Simply an amazing 365 days.

It was a year in which we not only saw the prep stars that we cover on a daily basis qualify for the Olympic Trials, but one in which they announced their presence with authority.

It was a year in which we witnessed five new national standards on the track; six more all-time No. 2 performances were also recorded.

Pictured right in photo by Margot Kelly, Elijah Greer (OR) winning the 800 meters in a stunning 1:47.68, U.S. #4 all-time

It was a year where several cross country teams and athletes competed for the moniker of best ever; not to mention a myriad of other truly mind-boggling performances.

As the year draws to a close, we will be counting down what we felt were the 10 best performances of 2008. Today we revisit the moment voted #3 by our staff and webmasters.

Wayne Davis (NC), pictured below in photo by John Herzog, winning the 55m hurdles in 7.08, U.S. #2 all-time


June 21, 2008 - German Fernandez (CA) clocks 8:34.40 breaking the 29-year-old national high school two-mile record of 8:36.30 set by Jeff Nelson.


By Christopher Hunt
photo by Tim Fulton/

GREENSBORO, N.C. – It looked like he smiled. He said he didn’t. But he looked like he did.

For a second, it seemed that he grinned at the gloriousness of the moment. It looked like somehow German Fernandez broke free of himself to enjoy history as he was making it.

But it was the pain.

It was the pain that gripped him and not a smile but a grit on his face because his lungs had begun to burn. His flash of teeth was the only sign of weakness, the only insight to the fact that his effort could not have possibly been as simple as it looked.

Fernandez of Riverbank, Calif., broke a 29 year-old national record, winning the 2-mile at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 8:34.40 in one of the most anticipated scholastic races in history. His time bested a mark set by Jeff Nelson in 1979 of 8:36.3. His 3,000-meter en route mark of 7:59.43 also set a national record. Read more...



Event 13  Boys 2 Mile Run
    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals 
  1 Fernandez, German         08 Riverbank, CA        8:38.23    8:34.40   3000 Split 7:59.83
  2 Puskedra, Luke            08 Ogden, UT            8:46.00    8:47.06  
  3 Lowe, Colby               08 Southlake, TX        8:57.32    8:47.07  
  4 Finnerty, Robert          08 Burnsville, MN       9:04.94    8:50.96  
  5 Williams, Kevin           08 Lakewood, CO         8:58.27    8:51.30  
  6 Darling, Maverick         08 Ovid, MI             9:02.78    8:57.80  
  7 Aprill, Bobby             08 Dexter, MI           9:06.84    8:59.50  
  8 Unterreiner, Miles        08 Gig Harbor, WA       9:06.68    9:02.48  
  9 Kaulbach, Max             08 Philadelphia, PA     9:02.69    9:06.44  
 10 Keveren, Sean             08 Brentwood, TN        9:02.18    9:06.59

Post race interview with Fernandez

Race Video

#4 Jeff Demps (FL) breaks national record in the 100m dash

#5 Chanelle Price runs 2:01.61 in Pre Classic 800m, U.S. #2 A-T

#6 Fayetteville-Manlius captures third consecutive national championship

#7 Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) runs U.S. record 4x800 at Penn

#8 Hasay beats Chetelat, 9:52.13-9:52.51, 3200m, U.S. #2 & #3 A-T

#9 Christine Babcock US #2 all-time 1600/Mile

#10 Ryann Krais US #2 all-time heptathlon

Honorable Mention


Front page photos by Tim Fulton and Vic Sailer