Mary Cain of Bronxville, N.Y., headlines the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA girls track and field team after a record-smashing season that includes being the youngest athlete to compete for the United States in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow this week.
Cain has advanced to Tuesday’s world semifinals in the 1,500 meters.
Cain, who turned 17 on May 3, has set high school records from 800 meters through the 5,000 meters and is the current American indoor champion in the mile. She broke the 800 record with a fifth-place finish, in 1 minute, 59.51 seconds, at the June 1 international Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. She became the first American teenager to break two minutes and also set a World Youth (age 16-17) record.
Cain will be a senior in the fall, but will continue to run on the international circuit against the pros. She is coached by former American 5K and 10K record holder Alberto Salazar.
Here’s a look at some of this year’s other notable girls track and field athletes:
Kendell Williams, Kell (Marietta, Ga.)
Williams, who set the high school record in the heptathlon in 2012, posted the fastest time in the 100 hurdles (13.23) and the third-best long jump (20 feet, 9 3/4 inches) this season. She also high-jumped 5-11 1/2 (indoors).
Maggie Ewen, St. Francis (Minn.)
Ewen became the No. 2 all-time high school shot putter at 54 feet, 8 1/2 inches and won the USATF National Junior (under-20) championship in the discus throw at 179-6.
Ky Westbrook, Chandler (Ariz.)
Westbrook was the World Youth (age 16 and 17) gold medalist at 100 meters (11.33) and won state titles in the 100, 200, and shot put. She swept the major 100 high school titles: adidas Dream 100, New Balance Nationals, and USATF World Youth Trials.
Ariana Washington, Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Washington won silver in the 100 meters and bronze in the 200 meters at the World Youth Championships. She had the year’s fastest high school 100 meter time, a wind-aided 11.20. (Her legal best in the 100 was 11.39.)
Keturah Orji, Mount Olive (Flanders, N.J.)
Orji was a double World Youth Championships medalist, taking silver in the long jump (20-11 3/4) and bronze in the triple jump (44-11).
Wesley Frazier, Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.)
Frazier became the first girl to sweep the New Balance National Outdoor titles in the mile, two mile, and 5,000 meters. The Duke signee had the top times in those events against high school competitors and her 15:55.94 time for the 5K ranks No. 5 all-time.
Alexa Efraimson, Camas (Wash.)
Efraimsontook the bronze medal in the 1,500 meters at the World Youth Championships and had a best of 4:16.00 to rank No. 4 all-time. She was the Washington State 4A champion at both 800 and 1,600 meters.
Courtney Corrin, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
Corrin set a national freshman long jump record of 21-0 to win the California state title and placed fifth at the World Junior Championships.
Sasha Wallace, Castro Valley (Calif.)
Wallace won 100 meter hurdles titles at the California state meet and the USATF Junior Nationals. She also ranked No. 2 this season in the triple jump (42-2).
Ana Holland, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.)
Hollandwas the USATF Junior champion in the 200 meters and had the best “all-conditions” time this year, a wind-aided 23.29. She ranked No. 2 in the 100 and No. 3 in the 400.
Dior Hall, Washington (Denver)
Hall ran the fastest-ever high school time in the 30-inch hurdles, 13.01, to win the silver medal at the World Youth Championships. She also ran 13.53 over the 33-inch standard high school hurdles this season (ranking No. 3 behind Williams and Wallace).
2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track & Field Team
Teams coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Track and Field Writers of America. Girls selections by Mike Kennedy, high schol editor of Track and Field News. Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY and Track and Field News national lists, the number of top performances and head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
Athletes are listed alphabetically in each general event area.
Races in meters unless noted. [Field events in feet and inches]
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second).
i = performed indoors. All other marks are with outdoor specifications.
Implements and hurdles (H) are high school unless noted: (yth) world youth, (jr) junior, (intl) college/international.
* = repeat ALL-USA performer
SPRINTS (100, 200, 400)
Athlete, High school (location), Performances
*Kadecia Baird, Sr, Medgar Evers (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 51.32, 400
*Kendall Baisden, Sr., Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.), 52.03, 400
Olivia Baker, Jr., Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.), 52.71, 400
Hannah Cunliffe, Jr., Federal Way, Wash., 11.58 (11.38w) 100, 23.44 (23.10w), 200
Kali Davis-White, Sr., Boyd Anderson (Ft. Lauderdale. Fla.), 11.51, 100; 23.05, 200
Nia Dorner, Sr., Cordova (Rancho Cordova, Calif.), 53.00, 400
Ana Holland, Sr., Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), 11.33, 100; 23.29 (23.04w), 200
MaryBeth Sant, Sr., Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 11.25, 100; 23.61, 200
*Ariana Washington, Jr., Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), 11.33 (11.18w), 100; 23.18 (23.05w), 200
Ky Westbrook, Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 11.33, 100 ; 23.37, 200
DISTANCES (800, 1,500, 1,600, mile, 3K, 3,200, 2-mile, 5K, 10K, Steeplechase)
*Sarah Baxter, Jr., Simi Valley, Calif., 10:06.74, 3,200
*Mary Cain, Jr., Bronxville, N.Y., 1:59.51, 800; 4:04.62, 1,500; 4:28.25i, mile
9:38.68i, 2-mile; 15:45.46, 5K.
Elise Cranny, Jr., Niwot, Colo., 4:15.07, 1,500; 4:40.62i, mile
Hannah DeBalsi, Fr., Staples, Conn., 10:10.26, 3,200
Alexa Efraimson, So., Camas, Wash., 2:06.54, 800; 4:16.00, 1,500
Erin Finn, Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich., 10:08.23, 2-mile; 16:17.89. 5K
*Wesley Frazier, Sr., Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.), 4:39.17, mile; 9:57.70, 3,200; 15:55.94, 5K
Haley Meier, Sr., Grosse Pointe South (GP Farms, Mich.), 4:24.60, 1,500; 4:42.11, mile
*Hannah Meier, Sr., Grosse Pointe South (GP Farms, Mich.) 2:06.35, 800; 4:40.48, mile
Raevyn Rogers, Jr., The Kinkaid School (Houston), 2:03.32:2, 800
Sabrina Southerland, Sr., Cardozo (Bayside, N.Y.), 2:03.59i,800; 4:26.05, 1,500
HURDLES (100, 300, 400)
Mikiah Brisco, Jr., Baton Rouge, La., 13.76, 100H; 13.29, 100H (yth)
Daeshon Gordon, Jr., Boyd Anderson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 58.92, 400H
*Dior Hall, Jr., Washington (Denver), 13.53, 100H; 13.01, 100H (yth)
Alayah’A Johnson, Jr., Spring, Texas, 13.52w, 100H; 41.24, 300H
*Shamier Little, Sr., Lindbloom (Chicago), 58.80, 400H; 52.59, 400
Jade Miller, Sr., Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.), 41.02, 300H; 57.21, 400H
Kymber Payne, Jr., Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), 41.32, 300H
*Sasha Wallace, Sr., Castro Valley, Calif., 13.43, 100H; 42-4 TJ
*Kendell Williams, Sr., Kell (Marietta, Ga.), 13.23, 100H; 20-9 3/4 LJ; 5,482 hept
Mollie Williams, Sr., Clayton, N.C., 13.54, 100H
Jumps (high, long, triple, pole vault, heptathlon)
Simone Charley, Sr., Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.), 42-3 1/2, TJ
Courtney Corrin, Fr., Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), 21-0, LJ
Vashti Cunningham, Fr., Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), 6-0 1/4 HJ
Desiree Freier, Jr., Northwest (Justin, Texas), 13-9 PV
Rachel McCoy, Sr., Miller (Fontana, Calif.), 6-0 3/4 HJ
Keturah Orji, Jr., Mount Olive (Flanders, Pa.), 20-11 3/4 LJ; 44-0 TJ
Rachel Proteau, Sr., West Albany (Albany, Ore.), 6-1 HJ
AnnieRhodes, Sr., Midway (Waco, Texas), 14-0 PV
Lakan Taylor, Sr., Boswell (Fort Worth, Texas), 13-11.PV
Cyre Virgo, So., Fleetwood, Pa., 6-1 HJ
Throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin
*Valarie Allman, Sr., Silver Creek (Longmont, Colo.), 184-2, DT
*Ashlie Blake, Jr., Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), 51-8 1/2, SP
Karen Bulger, Jr., Northwest Christian (Lacey, Wash.), 161-5, JT
*Haley Crouser. Sr., Gresham, Ore., 171-11, JT
*Margaret Ewen, Sr., St. Francis, Minn., 54-8 1/2 SP; 179-06, DT
Sabrina Gaitan, So., Sprayberry (Marietta, Ga.), 192-5, HT
Megan Glasmann, Sr., Park City, Utah, 166-7, JT.
Nwanneka Okawelogu, Sr., Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.), 173-9, DT
Aaliyah Pete, Sr., South (Elkhorn, Neb.), 52-3 1/4, SP
Stamatia Scarvelis, Jr., Dos Pueblos (Goleta, Calif.), 52-1 3/4, SP