UW Health Sports Medicine 

Bolas, Miller off to fast start as pros


After four years together as members of the Wisconsin men's track and field team, Jack Bolas and Craig Miller are spending at least one more summer as training partners.

And, just like their time as Badgers, it's hard to argue with the results.

The pair signed on to run professionally for New Balance just days after their collegiate careers came to an end at last month's 2010 USA Outdoor Championships and, the same week, began competing as pros in Europe.

The duo kicked off their post-collegiate careers with a 1-2 finish in the 1,500 meters at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Solihull, England, on Saturday.

Bolas won the race in 3:40.91 and finished a half-second ahead of Miller, who ran a season-best 3:41.41 to grab the runner-up spot. The duo were the only Americans in the 12-man field.

For Miller, the performance came on the heels of another runner-up finish in his professional debut July 3 in Cork, Ireland. There, he clocked in at 8:02.89 to finish a close second to Australian Ben St. Laurence in the 3,000 meters at the 59th annual Cork City Sports meet.

The pair plan to run at least two more races on their European swing, beginning with the Folksam Grand Prix stop in Karlstad, Sweden, on Thursday. They also are planning to run in the Morton Mile Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, on July 21.

Miller finished his career at Wisconsin as an eight-time All-American after claiming a seventh-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

Bolas, who held off Miller to win the Big Ten title in May, went on to finish fourth at the NCAA championships and collect the fourth All-America award of his career.