Love was the three-time winner of the 800 and 1500-meter runs at the Kentucky State Track and Field Meet, running school record times of 1:45.7 in the 800 meters and 3:58.9 in the 1500 meters his senior season. His 800-meter time remains a Class 1A state meet record today.
“Fox” also ran anchor on the 1,600-meter relay team that won back-to-back state titles with the latter squad running a time of 3:21.40 in 1982 that also remains a Class 1A state record today.
After finishing second at the state cross country meet as a sophomore, Love won consecutive state titles the next two years, winning in his senior season in a meet record time of 16:16.
Love also played basketball and was named the inaugural winner of the Millard Griffin Sixth Man Award as a senior when he came off the bench to average nine points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
Love signed to run at the University of Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Western Kentucky and Kansas.
“Fox” was named Kentucky’s inaugural Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year following his senior year in 1982, beating out basketball players Jeff Hall and Todd May and Rowan County’s Joe Magrane, who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals.