Mary Cain burst through the tape stretched across the finish line, arms raised high, cheers running loud from the crowd inside The Armory.
And then the Bronxville senior began one more lap around the track with her Nike Oregon Project teammate, runner-up Treniere Moser. Cain’s victory lap came after she ran off with the Women’s Wanamaker Mile Saturday at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games, edition No. 107.
After finishing second last year, this young pro achieved what she wanted.
The world junior and American indoor records weren’t broken. Cain finished in 4 minutes, 27.73 seconds. But she said she was more interested in running well tactically, dealing with the moving bodies in a pack.
“I’m 17 and I’m still not really kind of used to it,” Cain said. “So the goal today was to compete and just race smart. That’s what I did, and I’m really happy.”
More records figure to come sooner rather than later.
“My attitude is: In the right race, at the right time,” Cain said.
The boys mile was the right race and the right time for Luke Gavigan. The Tappan Zee junior crossed at 4:08.96 — a Rockland indoor record, third all-time in the state, a national season best and the fastest time in this Millrose event since Kevin Byrne set the meet mark of 4:08.0 in 1977.
Pearl River’s Brian Cook arrived sixth in 4:13.99, followed by North Rockland’s Liam Purdy in 4:14.05. Bronxville’s John Flannery came in ninth in 4:18.58. All four locals delivered personal bests.
Gavigan, Cook and Purdy now stand 1-2-3 in Rockland history.
“I’m really surprised,” Gavigan said. “It’s faster than I ever thought I could’ve gone.
“It’s just amazing. Words can’t describe the feeling. It’s everything I imagined and more.”
Pearl River’s Kelly Hayes placed fifth in the girls mile, setting a Rockland indoor record of 4:54.1. The Bronxville girls foursome of Courtney Campbell, Delia Hayes, Hilary Rizzo and Kaitlin Ryan won the Eastern High School 3,200 relay in a season-best time of 9:16.62.
“It’s so amazing,” Hayes said. ” … We really just gave it everything we had. We wanted to win for each other.”
The New Rochelle girls 800 relay stood No. 1 in the country at 1:39.36. Coach Andy Capellan decided to experiment with the order for the Eastern High School race here. The Huguenots finished third in 1:39.95, dropping their time ranking to U.S. No. 2.
But in the suburban 1,600 relay, Alicia Donaldson, Rasheeda Bull (subbing for Ashley Wiggins after she tweaked an Achilles’ in warmups), Symone Darius and Victoria Jones-Alleyne quadruple-teamed for a school-record 3:52.76, good for second.
“With the downfall of the four-by-two, we just had to pull our heads together,” Donaldson said. “Even with the sub, we felt like we did an amazing job.”
Iona College’s Kate Avery finished seventh in the women’s 3,000. The sophomore from England ran 8:56.2, a personal best indoors or outdoors.
“I’m over the moon with that,” Avery said. “This is my second time on an indoor track, and it’s definitely a completely different ballgame to outdoors.”