The winner is Villanova! Hopewell Valley coach Aaron Oldfield confirmed Dolan's decision on Monday.
"I really enjoyed all of the schools, and the time I spent with the guys on the team,'' said Dolan, who is undecided about his major . "I knew it was going to be a tough decision. What set Villanova apart was the way I felt once I stepped on campus. I knew it was a place I wanted to be after meeting the team, and just seeing the vibe of the campus.''
Dolan is coming off of a spectacular junior season.
Last June, the New Jersey native put the finishing touches on a remarkable outdoor campaign with a sizzling double at the New Balance National Outdoor Championships at the University of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After a big 1:49.82 anchor leg on Saturday night to bring his team across sixth for All-American status in the championship 4x800m with a time of 7:41.84, the junior came back the next day to win the mile in 4:12.22. Dolan was in fourth place at the half-mile and second with a quarter to go, but he cranked out a 2:03.4 final 800m and a 59.8 second last quarter to rally for the victory.
Dolan's personal best in the mile came when he ran 4:08.86 last May to finish second at the adidas Boost Boston Games, and the Penn Relays in April he blasted a monster 4:07.57 to anchor to bring Hopewell Valley from way back to capture the DMR Championship of American title in a meet record 9:57.77.
Dolan has gotten off to a strong start to his final high school cross-country season. At the Shore Coaches Invitational this past Saturday, he ran a Holmdel Park personal best of 16:14 to capture the D Division race