Being a celebrated middle-distance runner, one might think Greg Dotson would cringe at the mention of running long-distance races.
Moreover, it would be expected that the Burbank High standout would shudder at the suggestion of taking to the track as a sprinter.
However, Dotson, who just finished his senior season, is a rare breed. Not only does the champion 800-meter runner actually enjoy distance running, he also jumps at the chance to compete in the sprints.
"I really got more into the [1,600] this year," Dotson said. "I like the 800 more than anything, but I really tried to get into the [1,600] more. Being in cross-country, I also know that I have to run the distances to improve in my other races.
"It's also pretty cool to run in the sprints, and I really enjoyed doing that."
Dotson's versatility as an athlete was put on display at the Pacific League cross-town rivalry meet with Burroughs. Along with cruising to wins in the 800 (1 minute, 57.07 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:25.76), he also showed he has some speed by winning the 200 (23.32).