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MARY CAIN ADDED TO PRE CLASSIC 800 FIELD

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May 21, 2013
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MARY CAIN ADDED TO PRE CLASSIC 800 FIELD

 
            Eugene, Oregon – Mary Cain, the phenomenal 17-year-old from Bronxville, New York, has been added to the IAAF Diamond League 800m at the June 1st Prefontaine Classic.

            Cain obliterated the High School Record in the 1500m last weekend at the USATF Oxy High Performance meet in southern California.  Her time of 4:04.62 took more than 6 seconds off her own HSR of 4:10.77 set earlier this spring.  She is now the fastest prep in history by almost 10 seconds over the next closest athlete, Jordan Hasay at 4:14.50.

            Coached by Oregon legend Alberto Salazar, Cain has the potential to not only improve upon her 800 personal best (2:03.34), but to take down the High School and American Junior record of 2:00.07 set by Kim Gallagher in 1982.  The World Junior record is 1:54.01 by Pamela Jelimo of Kenya, who also happens to be in the IDL 800m race.

IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE 800 METERS
Mariya SAVINOVA RUS
Pamela JELIMO KEN
Francine NIYONSABA BDI
Alysia MONTANO USA
Yekaterina POISTOGOVA RUS
Janeth JEPKOSGEI KEN
Winny CHEBET KEN
Brenda MARTINEZ USA
Mary CAIN USA

            Fans can follow the event lineups as all announced fields are posted atPreClassic.com.  The direct link to current start/entry lists is HERE and includes updates to previously announced fields.
 
            Tickets for the 39th annual edition of the Prefontaine Classic, to be held May 31-June 1 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., are available now from PreClassic.com and from 1-800-WEBFOOT.  Sponsored by NIKE continuously since 1984, the Prefontaine Classic will be shown live to an international audience and by NBC Sports from 1:30 till 3:00 p.m. PT on June 1st.

            The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running outdoor invitational track and field meet in America and is part of the elite IAAF Diamond League of meets held worldwide annually.  Last year’s Pre Classic presented the most 2012 Olympic gold medalists (20) of any invitational meet in the world.

            Steve Prefontaine is a legend in the sport of track & field and is perhaps the most inspirational distance runner in American history.  Many call him the greatest ever.  He set a national high school 2-Mile record while at Coos Bay High School that lasted nearly two decades.  While competing for the University of Oregon, he won national cross country championships (3) and outdoor track 3-Mile/5000-meter championships (4) every time he competed, and never lost a collegiate race at any distance.  As a collegiate junior, he made the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team and nearly won an Olympic medal, finishing 4th in the 5K at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at age 22.  After finishing college in 1973 and preparing for a return to the Olympics in 1976, he continued to improve, setting many American records.  His life ended tragically on May 30, 1975, the result of an auto accident, at age 24.  The Pre Classic began soon after and has been held every year since.
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dkap
I saw T&FN had her listed this week at 2:02.2 or something. I'm guessing they applied a fudge factor of some sort for the track issues, so at least her time would still be on the books?

Dan
Chris Nickinson

trackerati, on , said:

Mary Cain's PR is no longer 2:03.34 - it's 2:01.68! She ran her 2:01.68 at RE:RUN San Diego on May 5, 2013.Can't wait for the meet - excitement at every corner!Mark Cullen, Seattlewww.trackerati.com


Ya....the times from the Re:Run kind of didn't count.

http://www.runnerspa...howtopic=742656


I think she just squeaks under 2:00.
trackerati
Mary Cain's PR is no longer 2:03.34 - it's 2:01.68! She ran her 2:01.68 at RE:RUN San Diego on May 5, 2013.
Can't wait for the meet - excitement at every corner!

Mark Cullen, Seattle
www.trackerati.com
SteveU
It's certainly interesting that she's exploring almost her full range in successive races! Can you be in great 800 and 5k shape at the same time?
Scott Bush
I am excited to see how she handles a very fast first lap. Re:RUN was run around 60-flat. I could see Pre going out at least 3 seconds faster, which is significant. This will be a great experience for Cain regardless of the outcome. My prediction...2:00.2.
Kevin
It'll be interesting, Johnson will string it out with a fast pace, Savinova and Jepkosgei could be the ones to chase her down with the winner ending up in the 1:57 range. I'll bet Cain could pick off more than a few and I think Steve's right, 2:00 range.
watchout

Scott Bush, on , said:

Sweet! Does she go sub-2? The way she's been running, it wouldn't surprise me.


I say yes, or just barely miss... 1:59.3-2:00.3
Chris Nickinson
#cainsanity
DrBob
With a whole lot of "MAGIC" from Hayward Field, without a doubt !
SteveU
It's a Mary Cain kind of day. I'll say 2:00.50.
Scott Bush
Sweet! Does she go sub-2? The way she's been running, it wouldn't surprise me.
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