The up-and-coming high school runner is setting records.
INDIANAPOLIS — Mary Cain of Bronxville, N.Y., has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after running the fastest 3,000-meter time ever run by a high school girl with her time of 9:02.10 to win the Dempsey Indoor meet, held at the University of Washington on Jan. 12.
While she is only a junior in high school, Cain bettered a strong field of collegiate and professional runners to open her indoor season with a record-setting victory.
“It definitely is very exciting running against professionals now,” Cain said. “Many of the runners in my races have amazing resumes and a lot of experience, so I just remind myself that every race is just a learning experience.”
Her time is more than 15 seconds faster than the indoor high school record of 9:17.7, set in 1991 by Melody Fairchild. It is also well under the fastest ever girls outdoor time of 9:08.6, which was run by Lynn Bjorklund in 1975. Cain’s run on Saturday came on an oversized 307-meter track, which may prevent it from being officially ratified for record purposes.
“I was really excited to see the time 9:02.10,” Cain said. “Being able to achieve a big PR was really exciting. I went into the race just wanting to run smart and gain experience, but the time really was the cherry on top.”