If you’re a fan of high school track and field and you have the good luck to see Bronxville (N.Y.) High junior Mary Cain compete, don’t miss the opportunity. Yet you better not blink. If you do, you might just miss her break another national record.
On Saturday at the 2013 Millrose Games, Cain broke four more national records in the span of a single race, Cain finishing the prestigious Wannamaker Mile with a time of 4:28.25. That was good for second among a field of professional athletes, but better than any indoor mile mark from an American teenager in the past.
In fact, it was Cain’s previous attempt that served as the prior record, with her new mark shaving a full four seconds off her previous time. The 4:28.25 mark was a new junior record for the mile as well, and her 1,500 meter split -- 4:11.72 -- was a new high school and junior record as well.
Considering the fact that Cain placed fourth place in the high school mile event at the Millrose Games in 2012, her advancement has been spectacular, to put it mildly.
"This is a dream come true,” Cain told the New York Times. “Last year I finished fourth in the high school mile, so I'm moving up."
One of the other top professionals competing that day agreed. Matt Centrowitz finished second in the men’s mile, yet he was quick to turn the attention back to Cain and her latest miraculous performance.
“Anything she does from here on out won’t be too surprising,” Centrowitz told the Times.