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Cain Rushes to State 1,500 Record

What’s Mary Cain going to do now?

Bronxville’s prodigious middle distance runner Mary Cain just finished the ninth grade and while she was attacking sequential math at Bronxville High School, she had just enough time to win a couple of New York State track titles, including Saturday’s shattering of the girls’ 1,500-meter run record in the state Federation competition.

The race, run at upstate Caledonia-Mumford High School, with top competitors from parochial, private and public schools, put the topper on Cain’s first year of varsity racing. Amazingly, Cain’s time of 4:17.84 took nearly six seconds off her own record 4:23.1, which she set earlier this season. The record-breaking time is the best ever for a freshman in the United States and the fourth best ever in the nation at the distance for high school runners.

Cain defeated Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall, who is the current record holder in the 3,000-meters, a mark Cuffe has only set Friday. The Bronxville phenom, who also won state titles in cross country and indoor track this year, took an early lead and used a strong finish to snap the record and win the race.

Bronxville girls also excelled in the meet -- Meredith Rizzo placed third in the 800-meter run and the Broncos’ relay team of Meredith Rizzo, Courtney Campbell, Emilie Hoffer, and Cain took first in the Division II 4X800 relay.

“It was a great state meet, highlighted by Mary's remarkable 1500 meter victory,” Bronxville track coach Jim Mitchell said. “As far as we can gather, Mary’s time is the fastest ever in an all-high school race. We also won the Division II 4 X 800 girls’ relay and Meredith placed a strong third in the 800.”

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