Any discussion about the best athletes in Westchester history has to include Mary Cain. The Bronxville High School senior has already established herself as a legendary runner, setting national records and competing internationally.
Running seems as natural as breathing for her.
“In elementary school, I was always the fastest kid in my grade,” says Cain, who was a competitive swimmer before she took up track. “I really enjoy the whole idea of running, so I decided in freshman year to fully commit to it.”
Cain has been on the national radar since seventh grade, when she advanced to the national championships in outdoor track. Cain quickly established her dominance on a national scale, and she currently holds US high school records in the outdoor 800 meters, indoor 1,000 meters, indoor/outdoor 1,500 meters, indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters, indoor two miles, and outdoor 5,000 meters.
Last summer, Cain qualified for the world championships in Moscow, becoming the youngest American ever to make a world’s team. In the fall, Cain will study at the University of Portland while continuing to train and boost her abilities.
“I’ve always wanted to be a professional athlete of some sort,” she says. “I want to be able to continue to compete on the international level for as long as I can and as long as I see fit.”