US women's distance running does seem to be in good hands. Efraimson ran a wonderful race. But comparing her to Cain, as so many are wont to do, is a fool's errand. Efraimson's coach is doing a terrific job, not only in her training, but in selecting a few races in which she can race against really challenging competition. But Cain came in second in outdoor Nationals last year (and won indoors), and made the World Final. This is a far cry from coming in fourth in a meet at UW. And as for the comparisons--"Oh, if they raced at 3,122 meters, Cain would lose . . . ." blah, blah, blah. If Efraimson and Cain raced 10 miles against Sarah Baxter, they'd probably lose. If all of them ran a marathon against Alana Hadley, they'd certainly lose. But it is truly senseless to think of such counterfactuals. Can Efraimson, Cranny, Baxter achieve, in the best event for each, what Cain has achieved? Not yet. Not by a long shot. But it would certainly be great for women's track and field in this country if they could. And as for those envious souls who seem desperately to desire to see Cain fail, please oh please get a real life.
Can we all please remember that these girls are both in HS. Would you really want someone talking about your daughter this way. All 4 (Efraimson, Cain, Cranny, and Baxter)of the girls referenced are amazing young ladies. US distance running is in goods hands right now. Let's build them all up and see what happens. My money is on Alexa and Cain.