Speechless In Seattle: Updated
Running unattached, Mary Cain of Bronxville, N.Y., did something remarkable tonight in Seattle, Wash. She ran 9:02.10 for 3,000 meters, which is more than six seconds faster than the national high school OUTDOOR record which has been around for 38 years.
Cain, now under the tutelage of Alberto Salazar, won the 3k at the University of Washington Indoor Preview, less than a second in front of Tara Erdmann (9:02.96). Just behind were veterans Treniere Moser (9:03.54) and Hilary Stellingwerff (9:05.79).
The track at Washington is oversized, so the 9:02.10 will not be a record, leaving Melody Fairchild's 9:17.4 from 1991 on the books. The all-time outdoor best remains Lynn Bjorklund's 9:08.6 from 1975.
UPDATE: The bible of the sport — Track & Field News — has posted the following:
"T&FN will ratify the time as the far-more-important OVERALL national record, because it's faster than the 9:08.6 run outdoors by Lynn Bjorklund way back in '75."