Mary Cain Breaks US Girls High School Mile Record – Runs 4:32.78

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Debbi Heald’s 40 + Year Old Record Is Crushed By 5.7 Seconds

January 26, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article has been replaced by a lengthier more detailed article here

The much celebrated national high school girls indoor mile record of 4:38.5 held by Debbie Heald, which had survived for 40+years and garnered a lot of attention including a great Runners World feature last year as it was the oldest girls track record on the books, is now history.

As expected, two weeks after shattering the national high school 3000 record, Bronxville’s Mary Cain shattered the girls high school mile mark by running 4:32.78 to place third in the elite women’s mile at the New Balance Games at the Armory.

Cain’s mark also is better than the fastest outdoor mile in US girls HS history – Polly Plumer‘s 4:35.24 from 1982. In terms of 1,500 conversions, today’s run would be the second greatest 1,500/mile performance indoors or out in US high school history, trailing only Cain’s own 4:11.01 that she ran outdoors last year at world juniors. Cain’s run today is the equivalent of about 4:12.7-8 for 1,500. Jordan Hasay previously held the US 1,500 junior record at 4:14.50.

In the elite men’s mile at the Armory, only one guy broke 4:00 as Craig Miller ran 3:56.90. The mile debut on the year for Olympic Trials 5th placer Robby Andrews didn’t go well. He faded and was next to last in 4:11.13.

Full results appear below.

Mary Cain at the New Balance Games

Mary Cain at the New Balance Games

More from the MB: *Mary Cain 4:32.78
*Why can’t I beat a high school junior girl?!? Mary Cain is to fast
*Cain’s last 100 was sub 15 in her 4:32.78 HSR Mile
*Robbie Andrews – what happened?

Elite Women’s 1 Mile Run
1Sarah BowmanNew Balance4:31.61
2Nicole SifuentesSaucony4:31.65
3Mary Cainunattached4:32.78
4Heather WilsonNJ-NY TC4:34.59
5Renee TomlinNike4:39.37
6Cat BeckCPTC – NB4:40.12
7Genevieve LaCazeNew Balance4:41.68


Elite Men’s 1 Mile Run
1Craig MillerNew Balance3:56.90
2James BrewerNew Balance4:00.77
3Michael RuttNJ-NY TC4:00.89
4Jack BolasNew Balance4:01.44
5Liam Boylan-PettNJ-NY TC4:02.06
6Tom LancashireNew Balance4:03.41
7Travis MahoneyNJ-NY TC4:03.44
8Mark DraperNew Balance4:05.28
9Robbie Andrewsadidas4:11.13
10Aidan WalshNYAC4:13.71

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