From what I understand and I may be wrong, but from talking to John he made it seem as he did do the coaches set workouts.
Also most of their work dealt with runs between 100-300 meters at like 85-90% with incomplete rest, no real speed work. Well for John at least I know others on the team did do speed work some did a lot of speed work. I am not sure how this came about but the way John talked he did as the coaches said with some reservation.
Also John is currently hurt so I dont know if this year is the year, well I havent spoken with him in a while since late summer, but at that time things werent looking to good, maybe you have more up to date info.