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Bronxville’s Mary Cain Sets New US High School Record in the 1500m Finishing 6th at the World Junior Championships PDF Print Email

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July 18, 2012:  Bronxville's track superstar Mary Cain had unparalleled success during her sophomore spring track season, breaking state and national records numerous times.  On Sunday in Barcelona, she carried that momentum into the IAAF World Junior Championships, finishing sixth in the 1500m and setting a new national high school record.  Cain, just 16 and the youngest member of the United States team, ran in a time of 4:11.01, surpassing the previous national record of 4:14.50 set by Jordan Hasay.   Competitors at the World Junior meet must be 19 or under.

"I predicted she could run 4:12 to 4:13 based on her race at the Penn Relays and her 800m time in April," said her Bronxville coach, Ed Stickles.  "I guess she proved me wrong.  Sometimes it is great to be wrong.  That was a faster time than the NCAA champ ran all year."

Eighteen-year-old Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon won the race with a record time of 4:04.96.  She is set to run for Kenya at the Olympics in London in August.  In this race of world-class athletes, Cain stayed with the group for most of the race and made her move in the last 400m, when she advanced from eighth to sixth place.  To view the race, go to http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?video_id=73907-Womens-1500m-Final-IAAF-World-Junior-Championships-2012.

During her spring high school season, Cain always finished well ahead of her competitors, but in the World Junior Championships, it was only the second time this season that she had to chase the competition.  In June she ran in the Olympic trials against the top 800m runners in the country and finished 18th in a field of 32.

Cain peaked at just the right time.  At the Section 1 New York State qualifiers she ran a 4:16.52, setting a new sophomore national record.  At the USATF Outdoor Championships, she placed first with a new personal best time of 4:14.74, placing her second in the US high school record book.  With her stellar performance at the World Junior Championships, Cain now owns the 1500m high school record.  Her next challenge may be to break the US junior record of 4:09.10, set by Suzy Favor Hamilton, a former NCAA champion and Olympian.

Cain traveled to Barcelona with her father, who could not have been happier with the outcome of the race.

"Setting a new US record by such a significant margin really seems a fitting conclusion to an exciting and eventful year," said Charles Cain.  "Mary gave her all in every race this season, and I think that's why it is such a thrill to watch her run.  I have said this before but, on more than one occasion this year, she has taken my breath away, and Sunday's race was no exception."

Cain's success has given her celebrity status.  Check out her interview that took place on Tuesday on Fox 5's Good Day New York. (http://www.myfoxny.com/video?clipId=7511337&autostart=true)

For more sports news, click here to go to the BroncoSportsBlog.

Pictured here (rotating):  Mary Cain (#1733) running the 1500m at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona; Mary Cain on the Bronxville track.

Photo of the race in Barcelona by Charles Cain

 
Mary Cain Finishes 18th in the 800m at the Olympic Trials PDF Print Email

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June 27, 2012:  In section and state races this spring, Mary Cain was always ahead of the pack, racing the clock and breaking multiple records.  At the Olympic trials held last week in Eugene, Oregon, Cain had a chance to go elbow to elbow with some of the greatest 800m runners in the country.  She entered the competition as the 31st seed and raced her way to 18th place, finishing fifth in her heat with a time of 2:04.11.  It was a great finish for Cain, who just finished her sophomore year at Bronxville High School.  

Sixteen-year-old Cain was one of the youngest competitors at the trial and qualified for the event by posting a time of 2:03.34 at the Loucks Games in May.  She currently holds the New York State record in the 800m and in the 1500m.

With such incredible speed, Cain easily owns the Bronxville School record in the 800m.  Her record-breaking time is almost seven seconds faster than any Bronxville girl has ever run, and the Bronxville record book has some pretty impressive names.   The top four all-time 800m Bronxville runners are Cain, Elizabeth BergoldCatha Mullen, and Henrietta Miers.

Cain's big moment at the Olympic trials was just one highlight of her busy week.  Just before leaving for Oregon, Cain was recognized as the Gatorade New York Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, honors the nation's best high school athletes for their athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement, and exemplary character.  Cain's accomplishments on the track this spring are legendary, but she also manages to excel academically and maintains a 4.1 GPA.

Cain's outdoor track season isn't over yet.  She will race in the 1500m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July.

Amazingly, Cain isn't the only Bronxville sixteen-year-old to be competing in the Olympic trials this summer.  Swimmer Patrick Conaton, a rising junior at Fordham Prep, has qualified in the 200m backstroke and will compete in Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of this week.

Pictured here:  Mary Cain, training at the Bronxville School track.

 
Bronxville's Mary Cain Headed to Olympic Trials in June and World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July PDF Print Email

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June 20, 2012:  This past weekend, Bronxville track star Mary Cain headed to Indianapolis to the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships with two goals in mind.  She hoped to finish in the top two in order to qualify for this year's World Junior Championships, and she was looking to improve her time in the 1500m so she might qualify for the Olympic trials later this month.

It all worked out for Cain, who easily took first place with a time of 4:14.74, bettering her previous record-setting time by almost two seconds.  Her win in Indianapolis secures her a spot on the USA Team, which will compete at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in mid-July.

Cain hopes that the results of the Junior Nationals race will be good enough to qualify her for the Olympic trials in the 1500m.  She should find out next week whether she makes the cut.

Cain found out early this week that her time of 2:03.34 in the 800m is good enough to qualify for the Olympic trials.  She is heading to Eugene, Oregon, today, where she will be one of 30 US athletes competing on Friday.

Cain, who just finished her sophomore year at Bronxville High School, holds the New York State record in the 800m and the national sophomore record in the 1500m.  She is just 0.24 seconds off the national high school record in the 1500m.

For more sports news, click here to go to the BroncoSportsBlog.

Pictured here:  Mary Cain accepting her first-place award at the Junior Nationals in Indiana.

Photo by Charles Cain

 
Bronxville Athletes Set Personal Bests and Head to the New York State Track and Field Championships; Mary Cain Hits Olympic Trial Standard in the 1500m PDF Print Email
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June 6, 2012:  The Bronxville boys' and girls' teams have a strong cast of track and field athletes who have contributed to the teams' successes this spring.  Both teams have won league, county, and sectional championships and have set new school and state records, and they will now send their top competitors to the New York State Championships in North Cicero, New York.

Mary Cain has broken section, state, and national records all spring.  In the state qualifiers held last weekend, Cain finished more than 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, broke her own 1500m record, and hit the Olympic trial provisional standard with a time of 4:16.52.  It was a new sophomore national record, putting her in third place all-time for US high school runners.  Cain has already achieved the Olympic trial provisional standard in the 800m.

"Mary was phenomenal," said Coach Ed Stickles. "When people think she can't get any faster, she does.  Her 1500m time got the B standard for Olympic trials, and now we will try to improve on that this weekend at the state meet.  It would be nice to break her own state record at the state championship in front of a nice big crowd."

Cain is not the only Bronco who set new personal records at the state qualifier.  On the girls' side, three repeat state qualifiers have bettered their times from last spring.  Courtney Campbell came in first place with a time of 2:15.15 in the 800m, and teammate Emilie Hoffer placed first in the 3000m with a time of 10:17.89.  In the field events, Claire Sargent came in first with a throw of 35'1.5", bettering her 2011 state qualifying throw by almost three feet.  All of these girls are sophomores and have lots to look forward to in the next two years. 

On the boys' side, the speedy 4x100m relay team, Luke Marrone, Warren Kraemer, Thomas Hudson, and Chris Behrens, had its best time of the season (43.96) and have the second-fastest time in the state for small schools in Division 2.  Behrens also qualified for states in the 100m dash and the 110m hurdles. Dayton Flannery broke his own school record in the steeplechase by three seconds.  Flannery finished second at the state meet last year. 

A complete list of athletes attending the state meet is below:

Girls

800m:  Courtney Campbell
3000m:  Emilie Hoffer
Shot Put:  Claire Sargent
4x800m:  Emilie Hoffer, Hilary Rizzo, Meredith Rizzo, Courtney Campbell

Boys

Steeplechase:  Dayton Flannery
100m, 110m hurdles:  Chris Behrens
4x100m:  Luke Marrone, Warren Kraemer, Thomas Hudson, Chris Behrens
4x800m:  Dayton Flannery, John Flannery, James Harrison, Jack Dennen

Go Broncos.

Pictured here (L to R):  Thomas Hudson, Luke Marrone, Chris Behrens, and Warren Kraemer.

Photo by Jim Hudson

 
Broncos Compete at the Penn Relays: Mary Cain Sets a New Record in the Mile PDF Print Email

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May 2, 2012:  Bronxville's Mary Cain ran the perfect mile at the Penn Relays last Thursday.  Competing at one of the biggest annual running events of the year, Cain ran the mile in 4:39.28, setting a meet record, a New York State record, and a national sophomore record.  The meet, which has been held at the University of Pennsylvania since 1895, was the perfect venue for Cain's record-breaking mile.

Runners from across the country competed in the high school girls' mile, and Cain was seeded second, behind two-time defending champion Angel Piccirillo from Homer City, PA.  Cain easily kept pace with the front-runners for the first part of the race, but with 600m left she started moving ahead and never looked back.  In the final 440m, Cain clocked an incredible 62.4 seconds to finish more than eight seconds ahead of Piccirillo.  Cain's time is just four seconds off the national record set in 1982 by California runner Polly Plumer.

Cain has set a record at almost every event this year.  With the spring season just getting into to full swing, it should be very exciting to see what she can accomplish by June.  Cain has set records in the 800m, the 1500m, and the mile and hopes to make it to the Olympic trials this summer.  She seems to be right on track.

Cain was the only Bronxville runner to compete as an individual, but the Broncos sent several relay teams to the meet.  For the girls, both the 4x800m and the 4x400m relays had seasonal bests, and the 4x800m relay had the best performance in Section 1.  The Bronco boys' 4x800m relay team had its fastest time of the season.  The competitors are listed below:

Boys' 4x800m Relay
Jack Dennen, James Harrison, John Flannery, Dayton Flannery (8:10.88)

Girls' 4x800m Relay
Courtney Campbell, Emilie Hoffer, Amelia Phillips, Meredith Rizzo (9:24.28)

Girls' 4x100 Meter Relay
Ana Timoney, Fiona Roediger, Jamie Carroll, Lucy Kohlhoff (53.91)

Girls' 4x400 Meter Relay
Kohlhoff, Campbell, Hoffer, Rizzo (4:08.06)

Go Broncos.

Pictured here:  Mary Cain runs a record-breaking mile at the Penn Relays.

Photo by Ed Stickles

 
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