Bronxville's Cain set to run for Olympic dream
Mary Cain is 800 meters from realizing her dreams.
The Bronxville sophomore is planning to head to Eugene, Oregon this week for the Olympic Trials, competing the 800 meters, an event she once held the nation’s best time in this season.
Cain needs to finish in the top 16 of 32 in the trials on Friday to advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The top eight from there will compete in the final on Monday with the fastest three earning a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The 16-year-old phenom must run faster than the Olympic standard of 2:01.3. Her qualifying time was 2:03.34. Twelve of the competitors in the field qualified with a time better than 2:01.3, including favorite Alysia Montano and Alice Schmidt, a 2008 Olympian in the event.
Although a long shot, Cain has continued to improve her times and establish herself as one of the nation’s top high school runners in the last month.
Cain won the 1,500 at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships last Sunday, which earned her a trip to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July. At the USA Juniors, she ran 4:14.74, which is the second fastest time ever by a high school girl in the country.
In May, Cain set a meet record and the nation’s best time this spring in the mile at the prestigious Penn Relays. She’a two-time state and Federation champion in the 1,500.