BURBANK — Greg Dotson knew he was going to have to run the race of his life if he hoped to capture a state championship.
Running in the boys' 800 meters against the top athlete in the nation in Sean Krinik of Placentia Valencia, the Burbank High senior would have to leave it all on the track and hope that would be enough.
Although Dotson did run the race of his young life Saturday at the CIF-State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis, Krinik proved to be just too formidable.
However, there was much for Dotson to be proud of after placing second in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 49.40 seconds.
Krinik won the race in a blistering 1:48.20. It was his second straight state crown.
Dotson's mark broke a 36-year-old school record in the 800. The senior broke John Muisch's time of 1:51 in the 880-yard race, set at the 1974 state meet. When the time was converted from yards to meters, Dotson had the coveted record.