NJ's Dolan, Sellaro, And Murphy Go Sub 4 In Same Race

Holy Smokes!!! 

Some of New Jersey's biggest stars torched the Ashenfelter Track at Penn State on Saturday in a red-hot mile that saw three studs from the Garden State crack 4 minutes!!   

That's right, three runners who all are all NJ high school grads broke the magical 4-minute barrier in the mile in the same race at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge, and a couple more Jersey guys narrowly missed. 

How awesome is that!!

I don't think this has ever happened before!!!! 

Let's break it down.

Villanova's Sean Dolan, a redshirt sophomore who graduated from Hopewell Valley in 2019, led the Jersey Sub 4 party by placing third in 3:57.59, the 15th fastest time in the NCAA this season. Dolan (far left in photo above) went under 4 multiple times last year, and owns a mile PR of 3:57.20 from the NCAA Championships last March that places him No. 4 in Nova indoor history.

UPenn's Ray Sellaro (second from the right in this photo), crashed through the magical 4-minute barrier for the first time by placing fourth in 3:57.89, No. 19 in the NCAA this this season. That's the second fastest indoor mile in UPenn history behind the 3:57.03 run by Thomas Awad in 2016. Sellaro, a senior out of North Hunterdon High who is coached at Penn by Steve Dolan (Sean's father), had a previous PR of 4:01.40 came at Boston University in February of 2020. 

Liam Murphy, a redshirt freshman at Villanova and a 2020 graduate of Allentown High, also broke through the 4-minute mark for the first time by crossing the line in fifth in 3:59.64 to become the 44th runner in Nova's rich history of milers to crack the 4-minute mark. Murphy, whose previous PR was 4:04.81, is on the far right in the photo at the top of this article.  

Sellaro and Murphy are the 30th and 31st NJ high school grads to run Sub 4. The full list is down below.   

Villanova amazingly had three guys go under 4 in the race!! In addition to Dolan and Murphy, Nova's Charlie O'Donovan finished second in 3:57.46, which is No. 4 in Nova indoor history. How fast is Nova going to run in the 4xmile at the Penn Relays in April???       

There were several other NJ alums in the race. St. Joseph's University grad Zach Michon (Robbinsville High) placed seventh in 4:01.03, UPenn's Justin Cornetta (Hunterdon Central) finished 10th in 4:02.96, and Penn State's Drew Maher (Shore Regional) was 11th in 4:04.40.   

Here's the updated 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 (26 of the 31). The newest members of the Sub 4 Club, Sellaro and Murphy, are listed in bold.  


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
3:57.20i Sean Dolan, Hopewell Valley,  Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 12, 2021
3:57.77i Brandon Tubby, Hillsborough, Feb. 27, 2021
3:57.86i Travis Mahoney, Old Bridge, Boston, March 3, 2019
3:57.89i Ray Sellaro, North Hunterdon, Penn State University, Jan. 29, 2022 
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
3:5964i Liam Murphy, Allentown, Penn State, January 29, 2022
3:59.74i Colin Daly, River Dell, Boston, Feb. 15, 2020 
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