INDIANAPOLIS - Mary Cain (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, 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.”
Now in its 12th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16: Mary Cain
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