Mary Cain Keeps Making Track History
Another high school record at 1500 meters
By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World
Mary Cain took more than six seconds off her U.S. high school 1500 meter record on Friday night at the USATF Oxy High Performance meet in California, clocking 4:04.62 and achieving an “A” qualifying standard for this summer’s world championships in Moscow. She demolished her own scholastic record of 4:10.77. She’s now the fastest high school ”metric Miler” in history by nearly ten seconds. And if Cain could somehow be allowed to run the 1500 at the NCAA Championships this spring, against the cream of the collegians, she’d be a solid favorite to win.
She’s surpassing expectations with each race. It may seem repetitive for us to keep reporting that Mary Cain steals the spotlight from professional runners at one major track meet after another, but we’ll have to write it until it stops occurring. On Friday at Occidental College, she came from seventh place just before the top of the stretch and passed runner after runner until finishing just short of victory, taking the runner-up spot, just 2/100ths of a second behind winner Katie Mackey.
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