Coppley was in great pain after the race, and told Coach he couldn’t run anything else that day. But, as we all know, Coach always thought we could do more than we thought we could. “No pain, no gain,” and all that. So, he persuaded Vick to warm up and run the two mile. After all, how could a two-mile pace affect a hamstring? So, Vick lined up to run. It was a tough race. Jim Johnson of William & Mary was a worthy opponent, and Don Pinkston was in the race as well. Vick knew that if it came down to a sprint at the end, he wouldn’t be able to do his usual kick. Fortunately, the pace was sufficiently fast to break Johnson’s will, and Vick was able to keep an even stride and finish in first place in a very good time of 9:09.4, with Johnson second and Pinkston third. The race was not without its funny moments. Charles Goodyear of Florida finished fifth despite almost losing his pants. He ran the whole race, pulling them up every few strides.
It’s rare when a distance runner is named most valuable athlete in a track meet. That honor usually goes to a sprinter who can participate in a number of events. But Coppley was elected the 1964 Florida Relays most valuable athlete. Not a bad achievement for someone running injured!