Keeping with the theme of USA Indoors Week, I want you to wake up to the most exciting 5:06 Mile that you’ll ever see. She hasn’t raced in a while, but Mary Cain gave the crowd their money’s worth at the 2013 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Going through the first 409m just over 85 seconds led to a 809m split of 2:56.54. That’s correct…halfway through the U.S. Final at almost six-minute pace.
Veteran middle distance runner Sarah Vaughn pushed the pace a bit with three laps remaining to a respectable 32 seconds per lap and then sat in the lead. The change did not deter Cain as she took over with just under 400 meters remaining in the race and opened up a gap on the field of past NCAA & U.S. champions. Although the race started out slower than the competitors tempo pace, Cain’s final 400 was clocked at a smoking 58.6 as a 16-year-old.
Enjoy some fast closing speed and a few elbows being thrown as well.
Mary is currently living and training back in New York and attending Fordham University. It’s crazy to think that Mary is still just 20 years old. Talent never fades and Cain is working on a comeback to the upper ranks of the 1,500 meters after a few years of struggling.