But as much as folks were buzzing about Long Branch's Miles Shuler edging Timber Creek's Damiere Byrd in the 100 meters by .03 seconds, there is much more anticipation about the college choices of the four-star athletes and top two finishers and at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.
Shuler holds more than two dozen offers. Now that track season is over he is readying to cut his list. In the next few weeks, Shuler will announce a top 15.
And although he isn't ready to name all 15 schools, he does know about half of the schools that will make the list, and Rutgers is among them.
But just because the track season is over, Shuler isn't about to rest. He will visit Rutgers on Sunday, and has a Midwest swing also on his schedule.
"I'm going to Notre Dame and Northwestern in a couple weeks,'' Shuler said. "I'm going up to Rutgers this weekend for the picnic. That's what I'm going to do so far.''
Shuler's favorite school growing up was Oklahoma, which became a major player in his recruitment when it made a spring offer.
One of Shuler's possible career objectives is to become a pharmacist, and he researched that major at several schools, including Oklahoma.
"They're a great pharmaceutical school,'' Shuler said. "They're not as good as Rutgers academic-wise and graduation rate, but it's a good college.''
Of course, Shuler's performance at the Meet of Champions could spark even more interest. His 10.39 seconds was the second-fastest time in New Jersey high school history, and gave him a leg up in a friendly, but competitive, rivalry with Byrd.
"I came out and had to put on a show, and that's what I did,'' Shuler said. "It was a lean. Damiere Byrd is a fast kid. I had the better run, but he's a great competitor. He had a great start.''
The 100 meter victory followed a sensational indoor track season in which Shuler won the state's 55 meters (6.40 seconds) at the Meet of Champions in February.
"This means a lot,'' Shuler said. "All that work in the weight room, on the track, it means a lot. I didn't do it for no reason. (Byrd) is a great competitor. He's super fast. It was a great battle, and I got him today.''