First confirmations for Junior Invitational Mile races announced
Courtesy of The NBIGP
BOSTON (Jan 14) – America’s new distance prodigy Mary Cain, fresh off of a record-setting performance this weekend, will compete in the open 2 mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 2nd, organizers announced today. Sheridan Wilbur and Bryce Kelley qualified for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in the Junior Girls and Boys Invitational Mile races, respectively.
“It will be something special to see a special young talent like Mary in the same race with some of the world’s best.” said Meet Director, Mark Wetmore. “If recent results are any indication of her fitness, fans at the Reggie are in for a real treat on February 2nd.”
Fresh off her 2013 season debut in Seattle this weekend, 16 year-old Mary Cain, from Bronxville, NY, has already begun rewriting the record books. Competing unattached, Cain smashed the previous high school best time for 3000m with an eye-popping time of 9:02.10. Cain’s time, though run indoors, betters Lynn Bjorklund’s previous US high school best for 3000m of 9:08.6, set at an outdoor USA vs. USSR dual meet all the way back in 1975. Cain, who won the US Junior Championships in 2012, set a high national 1500m best of 4:11.01, at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July. The indoor 2-mile high school best is 9:55.92 and has belonged to Melody Fairchild since 1991.
In other weekend action, Rhode Island athletes announced themselves as the first confirmations in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Junior Invitational Miles with victories in both the boys and girls miles at Saturday’s Dartmouth Relays. Sheridan Wilbur, of LaSalle Academy in Providence, who will compete in the Junior Girls Invitational Mile at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, says, “I am very excited about the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. I would love to break 5 minutes there.” Bryce Kelley of Chariho High School punched his ticket with his 4:20.13 victory. The balance of the fields will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The 18th-annual meet is the first stop in USA Track & Field’s Championship Series. It begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.