On Thursday evening, January 16, 2014, the Nike Oregon Project opened the American indoor track season with some seriously fast running. Galen Rupp ran 13:01.26, breaking the AR for 5,000 meters indoor from last year by Lopez Lomong. Sam Chelanga took second in the race with 13:04.5, and Cam Levins, one of Galen’s training partners, ran 13:19.16, setting a new Canadian record.
Just before the 5,000 meters, Mary Cain, running a pace described by some observers as poorly paced, broke the world junior indoor record for the 1,000 meters with her run of 2:39.25, breaking the former record from 1981, set by Diana Richburg of 2:40.1.
This was the first of three record attempt runs by Galen Rupp (next is a two mile on Jan 24-25 and mile on Feb.8), and Mary Cain (two miles and a mile).
RECORDS FOR CAIN, RUPP AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission!
(16-Jan) — Mary Cain and Galen Rupp set significant records tonight at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet in Boston while coach Alberto Salazar looked on.
In the women’s 1000m, the 17 year-old Cain from Bronxville, N.Y., clocked a new world indoor junior record of 2:39.25. The previous mark of 2:40.1 was set by American Diana Richburg in New London, Conn., back in 1982. Cain just edged Nike Oregon Project teammate and USA 1500m champion Treniere Moser, who clocked 2:39.32, a personal best.
Cain now holds USA junior indoor records for 1000m, 1500m (4:11.72), mile (4:28.25), 3000m (9:04.51), and two miles (9:38.68). Should she break 2:01.8 for 800m later this indoor season –she is running that event at the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15– she will have all the American indoor junior records from 800m to two miles.
Also tonight, Galen Rupp broke Lopez Lomong’s American indoor 5000m record, clocking 13:01.26. Lomong’s mark of 13:07.00 was set at New York’s Armory last March. Rupp’s time is also a USA all-comer’s record. Kenya’s Sam Chelanga finished second in 13:04.35, a personal best, followed by Rupp’s Canadian training partner, Cam Levins, who ran 13:19.16. That mark broke Jason Bunston’s 1997 Canadian record of 13:25.87. Ruben Sanca, who represents the Cape Verde Islands, but lives in Lowell, Mass., broke his own national record, clocking 13:39.26.
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