Mary Cain Smashes American High School 1500m Record

July 15, 2012

Move over Jordan Hasay. At the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, 16 year old Mary Cain ran 4:11.01 to finish 6th and smash Jordan Hasay's high school American 1500m record of 4:14.50.

Cain, a junior to be at Bronxville High School, had flirted with Hasay's high school record twice previously this summer. She ran 4:14.74 to win the US junior championships last month, and ran 4:14.77 on Friday to qualify for the final at World Juniors.

Despite smashing the record, Cain was only sixth in the race won by 18 year old, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya, who earlier this year ran 4:03.82 at the Doha Diamond League, and was third at the Kenyan Olympic Trials and is on the Kenyan Olympic team (ahead of 2008 Olympic champion Nancy Langat). Kipyegon is a junior sensation, as she is also the World Youth 1500m champ and the 2011 World Junior XC Champ.

Cain is very young for the junior ranks (athletes are juniors if they are 19 and under by December 31 of this year), and has 3 more years as a junior competitor. Her next target is Suzy Favor Hamilton's American junior record of 4:09.10.  

For today we can forget about Hamilton, Mary Cain is the fastest high schooler of all time. Very impressive.

*Recent NY Times Profile on Mary Cain

On the boards: MARY CAIN 4:10 (actually it was 4:11.01)
(photo Mary Cain in 800 at US Olympic Trials)

1 1424 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon KEN 4:04.96 (CR)
2 1618 Amela Terzic SRB 4:07.59 (NJ)
3 1219 Senbere Teferi ETH 4:08.28 (PB)
4 1420 Nancy Chepkwemoi KEN 4:09.72 .
5 1273 Jessica Judd GBR 4:09.93 (PB)
6 1733 Mary Cain USA 4:11.01 (PB)
7 1212 Alem Embaye ETH 4:12.92 (PB)
8 1278 Jennifer Walsh GBR 4:12.96 (PB)
9 1606 Maruša Mišmaš SLO 4:14.96 (PB)
10 1510 Sofia Ennaoui POL 4:15.23 .
11 1409 Saki Yoshimizu JPN 4:16.84 (PB)
12 1536 Luminita Achim ROU 4:22.07 .



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