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Mary Cain sets another high school record in the 5,000 meters



Mary Cain, 17, reacts as coach Alberto Salazar tells her she has just broken the American high school 800-meter record during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., on June 1. Cain broke the high school 5,000-meter record on Saturday. / AP

Emily Sisson, your U.S. high school girls 5,000-meter record from the 2010 World Junior Championships no longer exists. The records just keep tumbling under Mary Cain’s feet.

Cain, a 17-year-old from Bronxville, broke another record late Saturday night in Oregon during the Portland Track Festival at Lewis & Clark College.

Cain covered the women’s 5,000 in 15 minutes, 45.46 seconds.

That was also good enough to earn the “A” standard for the USA outdoor championships later this month.

Cain finished sixth in the race. Winner Karolina Jarzynska came in at 15:25.52. Sisson’s mark had stood at 15:48.91.

Sisson’s record fell exactly one week after Cain had taken the national high school and U.S. junior records in the 800, becoming the first girl to run on the south side of 2 minutes.

That record run, in 1:59.51, took place at the Prefointaine Classic, also in Oregon.

Those records fell 15 days after Cain had broken her own national high school girls 1,500 mark by running 4:04.62 during the USATF Oxy High Performance Meet at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

 

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