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S.C. Runner Improves
By: Don Hager (Assistant Sports Editor)
Source: Reprint from The Charleston Gazette-Mail
In today’s Preakness, eight three year olds finely -honed for this year’s Triple Crown bid, will race.
On Friday night at Laidley Field, a two-year- old continued his preparation for his all important third year of competition.
The “two year old” was Greg Imhoff of South Charleston High School, in his second season of distance running for the Black Eagles and what a year it has been! He owns six first places, a second, five third places, one fourth and one fifth. And making the record all the more amazing is that the junior has been running against one of the best fields of distance runners ever produced in West Virginia.
There’s Mark Kominsky of Oak Hill, who owns a 1:54 time over 800 meters, 4:20 over 1,600 and 9:20 over 3,200. There’s Mark Neal of Morgantown, who has run 1,600 meters in 4:22 and 3,200 meters in 9:28. there’s Mark Nichols of Elkins and Mike Dodge of wheeling Park, each of whom is approaching 9:30 in the 3,200 meter event, and there’s James Daniell of Parkersburg who has finished high.
All of the above have strong legs and good wind. The difference sometimes is intelligence and confidence. “You have to know your opponents and yourself” said Imhoff who is using this season as a learning experience. “And you have to have confidence in yourself” South Charleston coach Richard Dunlap, who watched Imhoff win both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter events in Class AAA region 3 last night, agreed, and added, “ I like to think that Greg has improved in those areas this year.”
Imhoff pointed to the 3,200 meter event of a week ago as an example of the importance of intelligence and strategy. “I had planned to go out behind Neal and kick at the end.” said Imhoff. “I didn’t know until just before the race that Kominsky was going to run. He ran a smarter race than the rest of us. The fifth lap (eight-lap race) is usually a slow one, and that’s when Kominsky turned it on and beat us. “I’ll remember that in the state meet” but Imhoff admits that beating Kominsky won’t be easy. “He ran his last lap last week in 57 seconds and I ran mine in 68. He’s very strong, has speed and a good kick at the end.”
Kominsky’s finish in fact, is his strong point in Imhoff’s opinion. He believes that Neal is close to Kominsky in ability and that he, Daniell and Dodge come next.
Imhoff, a 5-9, 135 pound who thinks his best events might be the college distances of 5,000 and 10,000 meters, owns best times of 4:24,7 in 1,600 meters and 9:34,4 in 3,200.
At the end of track season, Imhoff will rest only one week. Then he’ll begin running 70 to 80 miles per week, enter road races and go to the summer camp of former Charleston Distance Run winner Bill Haviland. He can’t relax despite the graduation of Kominsky, Neal and the others, because on his heels in every race this season have been Mark Tidsworth of St. Albans and John Greene of George Washington. They’ll both be back in 1981.
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