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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.
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?
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).
NJ HIGH SCHOOL GRADS WHO HAVE RUN SUB 4
3:54.28i Rob Napolitano, Red Bank Catholic, Boston, March 3, 2019
3:59.60 Mike Kerrigan, Blair Academy, Swarthmore, Pa., May 14, 2007
3:59.85i Mark Sivieri, St. Augustine, Boston, Jan. 28, 1994