Covering High School Sports in America
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Mary Cain, Bronxville

From a high school standpoint, the 106th Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City had to be one of the greatest ever.

For example, Mary Cain, a Bronxville (N.Y.) junior running unattached, set four national  indoor records in a single race. Edward Cheserek, a senior from St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), set a national record and then announced that he will attend the University of Oregon.

Cain, who has been breaking records almost every time she runs, placed second against pros and collegians in the women's mile with a sensational time of 4;28.25. That effort broke her own previous record by four seconds and also was a U.S. junior record. In addition, her clocking of 4:11.72 for 1500 meters was a national high school and junior record.

Cain told the New York Times, "This is a dream come true. Last year I finished fourth in the high school mile, so I'm moving up."

Canadian Olympian Sheila Reid, who won the mile in an Armory-record 4:27.02, told Brett Hoover of Armorytrack.com, "Yes, Mary is very, very impressive. To think she's only a junior in high school, that's just amazing. There is no telling how much faster she'll get, either."

Cheserek placed eighth in the elite men's two-mile in a tremendous 8:39.15. What made his time even more magnificent is the fact that he took down the oldest boys national indoor high school record in the books - 8:40 by legendary Gerry Lindgren of Rogers High in Spokane, Wash., in 1964.

Cheserek told the Newark Star-Ledger that he also considered Villanova, Northern Arizona, the University of Arizona and Portland before choosing perennial power Oregon. He signed with Oregon on Saturday.

The men's two-mile was won in an American-record time of 8:09.49 by 38-year-old Bernard Lagat.