Leading the way was Dotson, a junior. The Pacific League champion placed fourth in the boys’ 800 meters in 1 minute, 55.55 seconds.
Burbank Coach Trevor Marca said he and Dotson, who had 400-meter splits of 57.1 and 58.4, had a strategy for the race, and the junior stuck to the plan.
“We wanted to play it conservatively,” Marca said. “We didn’t want him to overdue it. We wanted him to do enough to qualify and move on.
“Greg ran a very intelligent race. He dealt with a fast pace and he battled through some traffic.”
Dotson avenged a subpar performance in last season’s prelims, where he placed 14th in 1:57.60 and failed to qualify for the finals.
Nelson was able to advance by placing sixth in the boys’ 3,200 in 9:24.15.
The senior continues a fine senior year that began with a historic performance in cross-country. In November, he ran to a 15th-place finish in 15:32 in the Division I race of the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
He earned second-team Division I All-State honors, concluded a season in which the Indians front-runner led his squad to a second-place Pacific League finish and became the first boys’ runner in school history to advance to the state meet.
Also moving on was Morris, who placed ninth in the boys’ 400 in 49.22.
It is the second straight season the three-sport standout has advanced to the finals. In 2008, Morris took seventh in a time of 49.64. The junior’s mark was not among the top nine, regardless of divisions, that was needed in order to advance to the Masters Meet.
Morris, an All-Area honoree in football and boys’ basketball, is headed to Northern Colorado on a football scholarship.
Indians’ Jeff Dumas was also able to move on, placing ninth in the boys’ triple jump with a 44-feet-5 3/4 effort. Dumas won the league title in the triple jump.