Johnnie Guy’s high school coach

My Sunday print-edition story on USI’s two best distance runners, Johnnie Guy and Tyler Pence, is posted here, but I wanted to add something that I couldn’t fit into the limited scope of that story — notably that Guy, an eight-time all-American, comes from a high school running program that seems to have made him who he is today.

Guy, now a junior at USI, ran for a man named Tim Martin at North Harrison High School. To hear Guy tell it, Martin — an all-American runner at NCAA Division I Northern Arizona in the mid-1990s — has built a distance running program that surpasses what most high schools around Indiana have.

“One of  his main focuses was to develop us into collegiate runners,” said Guy. “Some of the other successful high school programs run their kids into the ground and, once they get to college, they are sick of it or don’t have a love of running anymore, which you have to have at the collegiate level because you’re pretty much on your own.”

Looking ahead, Guy and Pence are preparing for next week’s Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, California. A year ago, Guy finished fifth and Pence 13th in the 5,000 meters Open A race.

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