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Cain continues record-breaking streak at new Balance Indoor Grand Prix

2/2/2013
 
BOSTON - In a night of breath-taking action at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that for the 18th year rocked the Reggie for athletes and fans alike, high school sensation Mary Cain demolished the high school record for 2 Miles, while Galen Rupp and Jenn Suhr fell just off the mark of equaling American records in the 3,000m and pole vault.

The meet served as the first stop of the Indoor USATF Championship Series and was covered live on ESPN3. The meet will be broadcast Feb. 3 from 2-4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

In the men’s 3,000m Rupp went through 800 meters in 2:00.04 and 4:02 for 1600 meters right behind the pacesetter. By 2000 meters Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet, just 18- years- old, was in the lead, with Rupp in second and still on pace, with the sold-out crowd at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center trying to propel the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters into the record books.

He would fall just short of the record and the win as he crossed the line in of 7:33.67. His mark is third on the U.S. list only to his own time of 7:33.45 set last year and to Bernard Lagat’s 2007 USA mark of 7:32.43. With Gebrhiwet taking the win in 7:32.87 to set a world junior record, the first and second–fastest times in the world this year came from tonight’s race.

In the women’s pole vault, Suhr came in at 4.55m/14-11.25, clearing it on her first attempt. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist needed two attempts to clear 4.65m/15-3.25 for the win, then breezed over 4.76m/15-7.50 before asking that the bar be moved up to 4.90m/16-1 to jump at her own American record of 4.88m/16.0, set at this meet last year. She made two attempts, then passed on the third. Mary Saxer, who recently moved to Boston and trains at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was second in 4.55m/14-11.25.

Cain, the Bronxville, NY, 16-year-old coached by Alberto Salazar, finished third in the women’s 2-Mile in 9:38.68 behind Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, who won in 9:13.17, and Canada’s Sheila Reid. It was Cain’s third record of the winter, after setting the 3000-meter mark at the University of Washington and the mile record at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City last week. Her time last night shattered Melody Fairchild’s 1991 high school mark of 9:55.92.

Matthew Centrowitz ran behind pacemaker Matt Scherer in the early going of the men’s Mile, coming through 800m in 1:58.7 and hitting the three-quarters mark in 3:00, with the USA’s Will Leer behind him. Centrowitz, the 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 1500m who finished fourth at the London Olympics, broke the tape in 3:56.26. Leer was right behind him, in 3:56.35, with Craig Miller third in 3:56.85 for a Team USA sweep. In total, eight of the nine men in the race broke four minutes.

Phoebe Wright won a thrilling women’s 800m in 2:03.96, nipping training partner Erica Moore at the line after Moore (2:03.98) led for much of the race. In the women’s 60m hurdles, Janay Deloach, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the long jump, was a surprise winner in 7.97 seconds over Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, who finished in 7.99.

In the Junior Invitational Miles, for prep athletes, Connecticut’s Henry Wynne won for the boys in 4:11.73, while Whitney Frazier of North Carolina took the girls’ race in 4:48.94.

ATHLETE QUOTES

Mary Cain, women’s mile: “I wasn’t keeping track of laps, I just kept going and going and when I heard three laps to go I thought ‘oh gosh, three to go’ but I was feeling really good. I felt really strong and felt like I was trying to stay in the race as much as I could and  really relaxed. I was really happy with my start. Having Dibaba next to me on the line was really cool. I was kind of laughing to myself when I started because I was ahead of an Olympian for like two seconds.”

Jenn Suhr, women’s pole vault: “There’s great energy here. I wasn’t ready for the nerves so soon; it seems like the Olympics were just yesterday. This is the first place that I won USA Nationals and I’ve gotten so much support here and the crowd is amazing. The rest of the year I’ll just continue having fun and continue jumping because things are going [well] and I’m having a good time and it’s just about progressing through poles and keep on trying to jump high.”

Matt Centrowitz, men’s mile: “If you watch the race about 100 meters in, I didn’t want to tuck in and I saw no one else was going so it was either I sit in the pack or I use Scherer for as much as I can. I’ve always been confident in my finish but at this point in the season I’m feeling stronger and sharper, so I would have liked to push it earlier but that’s OK.”

Janay Deloach, women’s 60-meter hurdles: “I’ve been doing the hurdles the last couple years really to get away from the long jump and do something fun, and I’ve been working really hard and having a blast. It wasn’t a perfect race but I would give it a B+. It was pretty good. I’ll never give up the long jump. It’s my first love so I’ll never give it up, but I really like the hurdles and they really complement each other.”

Jordan Scott, men’s pole vault: “This is my first time in Boston. Reggie is awesome, I didn’t know what to expect; I thought it was going to be a huge arena but it is very comfortable. And the crowd is awesome. It’s a huge crowd and it’s loud and I loved it. Wish we had jumped a little higher, but I loved it.”

Jeff Porter, 60-meter hurdles: “It went really well. It could have gone better but now it’s just focusing on making the World Championships team. I ran faster than I did last year.”

For full results and more information on the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, visit hwww.nbindoorgrandprix.com/ or www.usatf.org.

Contributed by Barbara Huebner


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