Name: Mary Cain, 15 years old
School: Bronxville High School, Freshman
Accomplishment: Broke the state record in the 1,500 meters at the Joe Wynne Somers Lions Club Invitational
Key to Awesomeness:
As a track runner, every second counts. In the case of Bronxville High’s fleet-footed Mary Cain, a tenth of a second allowed her to break a New York State track record at the Joe Wynne Somers Lions Club Invitational held on Saturday, May 7. Cain ran the 1,500 meters in just 4:23.2, breaking the former state mark of 4:23.3, held by Christine Curtin since 1982.
“I was actually just going for the section 1 record. My coach was trying to see what kind of time I’d go for. I didn’t even know that was an option of breaking the state record so it was really exciting when it happened,” said Cain.
Cain has been running for a long time beginning in elementary school, running in both short and long distances.
“In elementary school I was one of the faster kids, so people kind of took an interest in me," she said. "In seventh grade, I did outdoor track, and based on my season in that, I was encouraged in eighth grade to do indoor and outdoor track. I now run anything from 300 meters to cross-country, but I like running miles the most."
Cain is a superstar on the track and in the classroom, but most of the time she likes to keep things low key.
“I love the sciences and hanging out with my family at home,” she said.