No track and field athlete comes to Burbank High and expects to set a boys' distance school record.
If they know anything about the school's history in middle- and long-distance events, they know they have a better chance at winning a CIF Southern Section or state championship than to etch their name among the premier runners who have set amazing marks over the years.
One of those marks is the two-mile record set by Jeff Nelson. Taking part in the Pepsi Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium on May 6, 1979, Jeff Nelson stunned the track and field world when he ran the two miles in 8 minutes 36.3 seconds.
Most Bulldog runners would find it laughable to think they had a chance to eclipse such a mark.
"I tell guys from other schools what our school records are, and they're just amazed," said Burbank track a field and cross-country standout Greg Dotson, who graduated in May. "Some of those marks are just incredible, and I'm even amazed at some of the times."