junior Mary Cain is able to shoot for national records every week and she did not disappoint on Saturday during the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Mass.
Battling pros and collegians, the sensational distance runner placed third in the two-mile with a national-record time of 9:38.68. The previous record of 9:55.92 by Melody Fairchild had stood since 1991. It also was faster than the national outdoor record of 9:52.03, which has stood since 1996.
The 16-year-old phenom previously had set national indoor records in the mile and 1500-meter events. She also bested the national 3000-meter record, but it won't count because she was running on an over-sized track.
MileSplit Massachusetts reported that Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, who is a four-time world champion, won the race in 9:13.17. Sheila Reid was second in 9:37.97.
*During the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York City, Richard Rose of Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
won the 600-meter dash in a national sophomore-record time of 1:19.41.
Kadecia Baird of Evers College Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
won the 300-meter dash in a sizzling 37.54 seconds, which is No. 2 all-time.