Making his run

TRACK AND FIELD: Burbank's Dotson wins Division I 800 race, as he and Indians' Monroy qualify for Masters Meet.

May 26, 2010|By Jeff Tully and Gabriel Rizk

BURBANK — With Greg Dotson running some of the fastest times in the nation this season in the boys' 800 meters, many figured the Burbank High senior would go deep into the track and field postseason.

However, the question persisted: Could another area athlete find continued success alongside Dotson?

That question was answered Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College.

Not only was Dotson able to do well and qualify for Friday's CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College, but he will be joined at the competition by Burroughs High sophomore Anthony Monroy, who is moving on in the boys' 3,200.

Providence High freshman Marylin Petrov wasn't able to advance in the girls' 100 hurdles.

True to form, Dotson — who is headed to UC Santa Barbara — put forth another fine effort, battling strong winds to win his Division I race in 1 minute, 50.42 seconds and capture a CIF championship. It was a personal-best time for Dotson, .027 seconds away from a school record and the fourth-fastest high school time in the nation this year.


"It was windy and that definitely took a lot out of the race," Dotson said. "I was trying to break the school record, but I ran my exact PR with all that wind."

Biding his time early, Dotson made his move to the front of the pack at about the 300-yard mark and boldly set a fast pace for the race.

"He executed our strategy to a T and ran what he's capable of doing," Burbank Coach Trevor Marca said. "He didn't let the wind bother him or anything else, he just went out and took care of business and did an awesome job."

By the time Dotson entered the back stretch, he had an insurmountable lead and was able to simply focus on his time.

"I was listening for footsteps to push me, but I didn't hear any there and I heard the announcer say, 'Dotson all by himself up front,' " Dotson said. "I said, 'Alright, let's see how fast I can go by myself.' "

Dotson said the race went exactly according to his plan, as he let two other runners set the early pace, but was able to pass them at the most opportune time.

Burbank Leader Articles Burbank Leader Articles