Cain continues assault on record books
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — If records were meant to be broken, consider Bronxville's Mary Cain a wrecking ball.
The sophomore standout was at it again on Friday at the 44th annual Loucks Games at White Plains High School, shredding the record books one perfect stride at a time.
Cain ran a PR time of 2:03.34 in the 800 meters, breaking a 30-year old NYS record originally held by Diana Richburg (2:03.7) of Lansingburgh. She also destroyed the previous meet record of 2:07.81, which was set by Stacey Ann Livingston of Boys and Girls HS back in 2001. Even more impressive, it was the fastest time in the nation this season by almost two seconds.
Of course, this has all become commonplace for Cain, who has morphed into one of the country's top young running talents.
At the 118th Penn Relays on April 28, she set the national sophomore record in the mile with a blistering PR time of 4:39.28. It doubled as the fastest time in the nation this season and bested the former NYS record by more than three seconds.
At the Somers Lions Club Invitational on May 4, Cain smashed another NYS record with a PR time of 4:17.0 in the 1,500 meters. Once again, it marked the fastest time in the nation this season.
With such a gaudy resume, it's not too surprising that Cain has set sky-high goals. In fact, she's aiming to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon from June 21-July 1.
"I'm trying to get into the trials just to run fast with the pros and college kids — just to see if I can do it," Cain said.
And there's at least a decent chance it becomes a reality.
The top 30 runners qualify to run at the trials with either A-automatic or B-provisional times. Runners who clock A-automatic times are guaranteed a spot, while the remaining ones are occupied by those who met the B-provisional standard. Cain has already qualified for the B-provisional time (2:05.90) in the 800 meters and isn't too far off from the A-provisional time of 2:01.30. In the women's 1,500 meters, she narrowly missed the B-provisional time of 4:17.00. The A-provisional time is 4:12.93.
"I'm in the B-standard and I'm pretty low down," Cain said of the 800-meter race. "I'm two seconds away from an A — which is a lot — but maybe I'll be top 30. If I am then I will be able to go, which will be exciting."
Until then, however, Cain will continue dominating on the high school level.
"It's early in the season and I still have awhile left, so I'm excited to see what I can do," she said.
For the record books and the competition, that's a scary prospect.
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