Dolan Locks Up Spot in Dream Mile With Huge Kick at Raleigh

Watch the boys mile race above! 3:20 into the video is the bell where you can see his kick to win.

Full Results

Sean Dolan of Hopewell Valley, coming off a red hot indoor season, used a huge final quarter to rally for the victory in the mile in a personal best 4:14.37 at Friday's adidas Raleigh Relays on the Paul Derr Track on the campus of North Carolina State University.  

With the victory, Dolan automatically qualified for the High School Dream Mile at the adidas Boost Boston Games on May 19 at the Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

1Sean Dolan11Hopewell Valley HS4:14.37
2Ian Delgado12Green Hope4:15.10
3Kyle Durham11Weddington High School4:18.30
4Matthias Cannon*12Deep Run4:19.18
5Ares Epps12Green Hope4:19.36
6Dakota Mendenhall12Forbush4:19.60

Dolan, a junior, was in second place at the bell, but threw down a 57.76 final quarter mile and overtook Ian Delgado of Green Hope in Cary, N.C. with 50 meters left to rally for the win. Delgado wound up second in 4:15.10. Dolan's splits were 65.75, 2:11.57 and 3:16.62 before he cranked out his sub 58 final lap.

Haddonfield junior Derek Gess, who hit the half mile in 2:12.46, didn't finish after getting tripped up with about 600 to go.

Dolan's 4:14.37 is a school record and chopped more than two seconds off his previous PR of 4:16.68, which he ran to place fourth at the Millrose Games Trials in January. Dolan's sensational indoor season also included a NJ #2 and US #5 1:51.77 in the 800 when he placed fourth at the New Balance Nationals, a NJ #1 and US #13 2:28.81 in 1,000, and he ran on Hopewell Valley's 4x800 relay that ran 7:57.34 to finish first at the Meet of Champions.

Here is an interview with Dolan, though the audio didn't come through very well.