Bolas, Miller lay down sub-4 miles in Dublin

They have only been in the professional circuit for less than a month, but Jack Bolas and Craig Miller have wasted no time working  their way to the front of the field.

The former Wisconsin track and field athletes signed contracts with New Balance to begin their new careers as professional runners, following a season that saw both earn All-America honors in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The pair continued their European tour Wednesday with the Morton Mile Meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

In a race that saw Americans sweep the first five spots, Bolas finished second and clocked a personal-best time of 3:58.41. Will Leer claimed the victory just ahead of Bolas in a time of 3:56.81.

Miller also eclipsed the 4-minute barrier Wednesday, finishing fourth with a time of 3:59.19.

Bolas and Miller's times in Dublin place them second and third on Wisconsin's all-time list for outdoor performances in the mile, respectively.

During his tenure as a Badger, Bolas was a four-time All-American and became the first UW runner to run a sub-4:00 indoor mile.

Wisconsin's school record-holder for the indoor mile (3:58.98) and 3,000 meters (7:49.94), Miller was also an eight-time All-American as a collegiate runner.   

The pair's results at the Morton's Mile Meeting follow up an impressive professional debut by both Bolas and Miller.

The duo had a 1-2 finish in the 1,500 meters at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Solihull, England on July 10.From there, they then went on to run an elite 1,500 meters race as part of the Folksam Grand Prix stop in Karlstad, Sweden, on July 15.

Bolas finished sixth in 3:39.26, while Miller registered a season-best time of 3:40.00 to wrap up ninth place.

Wednesday's race concludes a busy summer season for the former Badgers, who will return to the U.S. to continue training.