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Saturday, February 8, 2014
Mary Cain breaks own world junior indoor record

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Mary Cain broke her own world junior indoor record in the 1,000 meters Saturday, winning the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 2 minutes, 35.80 seconds at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The 17-year-old Cain, a high school senior from Bronxville, N.Y., broke the mark of 2:39.25 she set at Boston University on Jan. 16 in her second meet as a pro. She was 1.61 seconds off Jen Toomey's U.S. record.

"I think I could have gone faster," Cain said. "I waited just a little too long. I maybe could have gotten the meet record and done 2:34 something."

Richard Jones, David Torrence, Robby Andrews and Erick Sowinski, running as the U.S. All-Stars, set a world indoor record in the men's 3,200 relay, finishing in 7:13.11 in the meet at Roxbury Community College.

New Zealand's Nick Willis won the mile in 3:57.41 after American Galen Rupp dropped out with 400 meters to go. Rupp, who won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the London Olympics, had set American indoor records in the two-mile and 5,000 meters last month in Boston and was looking to add the mile mark to his collection.

Rupp said his left leg was "sore" and he didn't think it was anything that would prevent him from competing in the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 21-23, or the IAAF World Indoor Championship in Poland on March 7-9.

"I'm not worried about it," Rupp said. "I think I'll be fine. I'm disappointed I couldn't finish."

American Jenny Simpson briefly stopped with a lap to go in the women's two-mile, thinking the race was over, costing her both the race and a chance at the American record. She finished second behind Kenya's Sally Kipyego of Kenya, who was clocked at 9:21.04.

"I was in the twilight zone," Simpson.

Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet won the men's 3,000 in 7:34.13, and American Kim Conley took the women's 2,000 in 5:41.10.