There were several red hot performances thrown down by New Jersey's athletes and teams at Saturday's U.S. Army Officials Hall of Fame Invitational, but Brian Boler and his Delbarton School teammates stole the show at the New York Armory.
Boler, a senior who is headed to Princeton University, got the Millrose Games qualifier he was looking for when he blasted a NJ No. 1 and US No. 7 time of 4:13.11 to win the boys mile as he joined his twin brother, Collin, in the high school mile field for the 115th Millrose Games on Feb. 11 at the NY Armory. There is a good chance that the electrifying Boler brothers are the first set of twins to ever qualify for the boys mile at Millrose. Collin, also committed to Princeton, qualified by running 4:14.98 to finish first at the Millrose Games Trials on Jan. 11.
Brian got things rolling in the DMR by splitting 3:05.29 on the 1,200 leg, which gave Delbarton a four second lead. Junior Sebastian Viegas followed with a PR of 54.7 on the 400, and then junior Everett Jania covered the 800 leg in 2:01.4.
Then Collin Boler (pictured here wearing bib 3489) went out in 59.2 and put an exclamation point on the wire-to-wire victory with an unpushed 4:07.2 anchor leg. Delbarton finished 12-plus seconds ahead of runner-up Chaminade of NY (US No. 4 10:20.96).
Delbarton's 10:08.58 is nearly five seconds faster than the previous US No. 1 time of 10:13.19 that was run last weekend by Christ School of North Carolina at the Virginia Showcase.
Rahway, with Rutgers-bound Micah Lawson splitting 4:14.97 on the anchor, was third overall in the DMR out of the unseeded heat in a school record 10:27.46. which is NJ No. 2 and US No. 8. The first three legs for Rahway were handled by Damani Brown (3:11.10), Rolando Simpson (54.47), and Jorge Fernandez (2:06.93.).