BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – New York native and defending champion Mary Cain, 18, of Portland, Ore., will star in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Defending champion Cain will face three Oregon Project teammates— Shannon Rowbury, Treniere Moser and Jordan Hasay, all of Portland, Ore. She will attempt to become the first woman since 2009 to win back-to-back NYRR Millrose Games titles at the one-mile distance.
“I am extremely excited to be returning for this year's NYRR Millrose Games,” said Cain. “It's always fun to run on my home track, and even more exciting to have the chance to defend my title! The Armory always has the best crowd because I know that it's always filled with my friends and family.”
Bronxville native Cain is the reigning World Junior champion at 3,000 meters; that victory in 2014 made her the first American athlete ever to medal at the World Junior Championships in a race 1,500 meters or longer. The 1,000-meter world junior record-holder also holds four national junior records: outdoor 1,500 meters, indoor 1,500 meters, one mile and two miles. In 2013, she became the youngest American to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships and the youngest athlete ever to qualify for an IAAF World Championships 1500-meter final. She finished 10th in that race.
As a Bronxville High School student, she set multiple high school national records and became the first high school female to break the two-minute barrier in the 800 meters.
The women’s and men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile will start at 7:20 p.m. and 7:53 p.m., respectively.
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