Millburn High School distance runners medal in NJSIAA Meet of Champions Last updated: Thursday March 4, 2010, 1:22 AM BY JIM CONNELLY

Rewriting the records books, once again.

Tyler Udland and Brian Robinson, seniors at Millburn High School, claimed medals in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association boys winter track Meet of Champions on Feb. 27 at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Udland took third place in the 3,200-meter run in 9:07.16, a new school record. Udland had set the previous record, 9:26.44 earlier in the month in the NJSIAA Group 3 meet at the Bennett Center.

His third-place time represents the fourth-best time in the nation this season. The top four times are held by runners from New Jersey, including the top two finishers in the M of C race.

Senior Jon Vitez of Haddonfield, who will become a teammate of Udland at Princeton University in the fall, won the race in a state record 8:58.81.

Livingston High School senior Jeremy Elkaim took second place in 9:00.95.

I was really happy with my race as I was in ninth place at the mile, Udland said. It’s been a while since I’ve run really fast.

Robinson placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:15.84, eclipsing his own school record in the process. He had set the previous school record, 4:18.97, in the NJSIAA Group 3 race.

I was able to go out strong in the first half of the race, Robinson said. I was able to stay with the leaders. It was the best race of my career.

Union Catholic High School senior D.J. Thornton took first place in 4:12.54. Delbarton School senior Pat Schellberg came in second in 4:13.21. Sam Macaluso, a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro South, finished third in 4:14.57.

MILLER NOTES

Sophomore Blake Udland ran a 4:25.04 in the second heat of the 1,600-meter run at the M of C. The time was the 14th-best among the 31 runners who ran competed in the 1,600 runs.

Tyler Udland and Robinson are scheduled to compete in the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury (Mass.) Community College. The event runs from Friday, March 12, through Sunday, March 14.

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