New Jersey's All-Time Sub 4-Minute Milers

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With Monday marking the 65th anniversary of Roger Bannister becoming the first sub-four minute miler ever, this seemed like a perfect time to take a look at all the New Jersey high school grads who have broken the magical 4-minute barrier

Bannister did what no had ever done before when he stopped the clock at 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954 on a cinder track at Oxford University's Iffley Road Stadium in England.

Since then, joining Bannister on the sub 4 list is what every great miler aspires to achieve.  

NJ has had a great run of sub 4 milers in recent years, a list 26 deep that is headed by Edward Cheserek and Olympians Marty Liquori and Robby Andrews.

Liquori, who starred at Essex Catholic High School and made the 1968 Olympic team as a 19-year-old,  ran the still-standing NJ high school state record of 3:59.8 in 1967. He went on to run a PR of 3:52.2 in 1975, which stood as the No. 1 time by a NJ high school grad until Cheserek blasted a 3:49.44, No. 3 all-time on the World Indoor list, at the David Hemery Valentine Invit. at Boston University on Feb. 9, 2018.  

Andrews, a 2016 Olympian who ran at Manalapan High, checks in at No. 3 with the 3:53.16 he ran at the the 2016 Millrose Games at the NY Armory.   

Only one high school in NJ has produced two sub 4 milers. Any guesses?

Time's up.

It's Ocean City with John Richardson and Brett Johnson.  

Here's the NJ list of Sub 4 Milers with their mile PR, high school they attended, and where and when they ran their PR. Most of the PR's listed below came indoors (21 of the 25).


3:49.44i Edward Cheserek, St. Benedict's Prep, Boston, Feb. 9, 2019 
3:52.2h Marty Liquori, Essex Catholic, Kingston, Jamaica, May 17, 1975
3:53.16i Robby Andrews, Manalapan, New York, Feb. 20, 2016
3:54.28i Rob Napolitano, Red Bank Catholic, Boston, March 3, 2019
3:54.92i Ford Palmer, Absegami, Boston, Feb. 26, 2018
3:55.66i Jeremy Hernandez, Clifton, Boston, March 3, 2019
3:56.75i Steve Slattery, Mount Olive, New York, March 6, 2006
3:56.9h  Ron Speirs, Paramus, Philadelphia, April 30, 1977
3:57.86i Travis Mahoney, Old Bridge, Boston, March 3, 2019
3:58.14i Rob Novak, Bordentown, Boston, Feb. 11, 2012
3:58.02i Craig Forys, Colts Neck, New York, Feb. 6, 2016
3:58.4hi Roger Jones, Ramsey, Boston, Feb. 13, 1982
3:58.62i Jim McKeon, Millburn, Johnson City, Tenn., Jan. 19, 1985
3:58.62i Brett Johnson, Ocean City, Seattle, Feb. 9, 2013
3:58.78i Tim Gorman, Christian Brothers Academy, Seattle, Feb. 11, 2017
3:58.90i Ben Malone, Pascack Valley, Boston, Feb. 9, 2019
3:59.18i Jeramy Elkaim, Livingston, Seattle, Feb. 23, 2013
3:59.21i Chris Hatler, Pope John, New York, Feb, 11, 2017
3:59.2h Cliff Sheehan, Westfield, Philadelphia, April 27, 1985
3:59.35i John Richardson, Ocean City, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 2, 2008
3:59.43i Rich Kenah, Montclair Immaculate, Fayetteville, Feb. 12, 2002
3:59.60 Mike Kerrigan, Blair Academy, Swarthmore, Pa., May 14, 2007 
3:59.6h Jim Crawford, Ridge, Modesto, Calif., May 23, 1970
3:59.85i Mark Sivieri, St. Augustine, Boston, Jan. 28, 1994
3:59.91i Brian Gallagher, Sterling, Boston, Feb. 14, 1998
3:59.98i Christian Gonzalez, Franklin, Boston, Jan. 27, 2012