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High school mile record shattered after four decades

Jan 28th, 2013
Staff writer

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons || numbered lanes of a running trackAt the 18th Annual New Balance Games in Upper Manhattan held late last week, 16-year-old Mary Cain became the fastest indoor American prep miler with a time of 4:32.78. The high school junior broke a record that had stood for 41 years by more than six seconds, according to Race Results Weekly on

As stated on, Cain fell short of breaking Darlene Beckford’s 4:32.30 American junior mile record, but she will have another chance to reset it in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in mid February.