German Fernandez of California ran a stunning race in Greensboro to break the two mile record of Jeff Nelson that had lasted 29 years. His time was an impressive 8:34.40. Early in the race he battled Luke Puskedra of Utah, Colby Lowe of Texas & Rob Finnerty of Minnesota, as they rolled through the 800 in 2:10. Puskedra battled to take the lead twice after that but it was the Californian, who led at the mile mark, which was reached in 4:19. From that point Lowe struggled to hang with the two leaders (Finnerty had fallen behind around the ¾ mark).

During the next portion of the race Fernandez would pull ahead on the back stretch & then Puskedra would reel him back in during the next 200 but in the in the Californian was just too strong. Looking strong & very fluid until the very end German pulled away and in running the second mile in 4:15 he broke the high school record. Along the way he also broke Galen Rupp’s 3K record of 8:03.67, as he was clocked in 7:59.39. A tired Luke Puskedra held off Lowe to finish second. Fernandez had stated his goal for the season and in spite of the wind, he accomplished his mission.

Germsn's race on flotrack

http://track.flocasts.org/videos/coverage/view_video/234026/66551

Top 8 finishers and splits

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/display_article.php?id=23730

 

1 Fernandez, German 08 Riverbank, CA 8:34.40S
2 Puskedra, Luke 08 Ogden, UT 8:47.06O
3 Lowe, Colby 08 Southlake, TX 8:47.07O
4 Finnerty, Robert 08 Burnsville, MN 8:50.96F
5 Williams, Kevin 08 Lakewood, CO 8:51.30F
6 Darling, Maverick 08 Ovid, MI 8:57.80F
7 Aprill, Bobby 08 Dexter, MI 8:59.50F
8 Unterreiner, Miles 08 Gig Harbor, WA 9:02.48F
9 Kaulbach, Max 08 Philadelphia, PA 9:06.44
10 Keveren, Sean 08 Brentwood, TN 9:06.59
11 Medrano, Francisco 08 Lafayette, IN 9:06.75
12 Hill, Ryan 08 Hickory, NC 9:07.36
13 Haile, Solomon 09 Silver Spring, MD 9:07.66
14 Abdalla, Mohamed 08 San Jose, CA 9:08.61
15 Smith, Douglas 09 Succasunna, NJ 9:11.48
16 Bazell, Graham 09 Columbia, MD 9:13.06
17 Lovelace, Luke 08 Chapin, SC 9:18.61
18 Krause, Elliot 08 Appleton, WI 9:19.00
19 Springer, Andrew 09 Westerly, RI 9:21.13
20 Nicolls, Bobby 09 Parker, CO 9:23.42
21 Bodary, Chris 08 Downingtown, PA 9:23.45
22 O'Donnell, MacLean 08 Oak Ridge, TN 9:25.15
23 Udland, Tyler 10 Short Hills, NJ 9:25.80
24 Lachowitzer, Kevin 08 Perham, MN 9:26.62
25 Bosshard, Joe 08 Crested Butte, CO 9:36.33
26 Hernandez, Francis 10 Windham, NH 9:41.53
-- DelBene, Colby 08 Patterson, NY DNF
-- Beabout, Ryan 08 Wheeling, WV DNS
-- Sheinbaum, Julian 08 Scarsdale, NY DNS