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Record Breakers at Roxbury: New Balance Indoor Grand Prix doesn't disappoint

BOSTON -- In yet another record-breaking day at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Mary Cain lowered her own world junior mark for 1000 meters and the US All-Star 4x800-meter team broke a world record set in this very spot 14 years ago.

The 17-year-old Cain, who first broke the world junior mark for 1000 meters just three weeks ago when she ran 2:39.25 at Boston University, took the lead with about 200 meters remaining and chopped off almost four seconds before the ink dried with her 2:35.80 win here—a time that was less than two seconds off the American record set by Jen Toomey in 2004. Chanelle Price finished a strong second in 2:36.93.

As it turned out, Cain set the stage for another huge performance, this one by the US All-Star 4x800-meter relay team of Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon, and Erik Sowinski. Leading midway was the New Jersey-New York Track Club “Blue” team, going through the first two legs in 1:49.5 and 3:38.0, just off world-record pace. On the third leg, Solomon took the lead for the All Stars, with Sowinski bringing it home on the anchor leg in a time of 7:13.11. The splits for the winning team were 1:51.0 for Jones, 1:47.46 for Torrence, 1:47.98 for Solomon and 1:46.66 for Sowinski.

The previous world mark, 7:13.94, was set at this meet in 2000. Ironically, Sowinski is coached by Joey Woody, who ran the first leg for the record-setting Global Athletics & Marketing team in 2000.
Although the All Stars set a world record, it’s the runner-up NJ-NYTC—whose time of 7:13.22 also bettered the old world standard—that broke the American record, because all members of a relay team breaking an AR must be members of the same recognized club.

Another AR would have fallen had Jenny Simpson not miscounted laps in the 2-Mile. With three laps remaining, Simpson surged past Jordan Hasay into second place and was setting a furious pace to reel in Kenya’s Sally Kipyego, who had a substantial lead. Just before the bell, Simpson flew past Kipyego, but then came to a near stop. Kipyego went on to win in 9:21.04, with Simpson regrouping to finish second in 9:26.19, just three seconds off the American record.

In the mile, Galen Rupp pulled up with two laps to go, leaving the track and limping slightly into the infield; he said later that his left leg was sore. Nick Willis of New Zealand took the win in 3:57.41.
Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia defended his title in the 3000 meters, winning in 7:34.13 over compatriot Dejen Gebremeskel’s 7:34.70, but it was American Ryan Hill—who went with the Ethiopians when they made their move—who may have had the best race, finishing third in 7:34.87 in an eight-second personal best.

In the 60-meter dashes, Marvin Bracy scored a big win in a personal best 6.53, with Tianna Bartoletta taking the women’s race in 7.17. Jenn Suhr won the pole vault for the seventh time here, jumping 4.70m/15-5 feet, and Kim Conley continued her spectacular season with a runaway win at 2000 meters, in 5:41.10. Joseph Kovacs (21.35m/70 feet, ½ inch) upset defending World Indoor Champion Ryan Whiting in the shot put after Whiting fouled four of his six tosses.

Taking the Junior Miles were Maddy Berkson of Rhode Island in 4:56.00 and Tony Russell of Pennsylvania in 4:11.56.

Full results can be found here with quotes from participating athletes here.

Contributed by Barbara Huebner

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