Mary Cain Is Healthy And Ready To Race

Busy Final High School Weeks, Not Injury,
The Reason She’ll Skip World Relays

Cain Mary1-USAout13May 14, 2014—Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Amid this week’s flow of speculation and rumor streaming by, Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar says you can discount any and all chatter suggesting that teen middle distance star Mary Cain is injured.

“Mary Cain is completely healthy and training very well (for two months!),” Salazar wrote to T&FN in an email today.

“She will run either the 800 or 1500 at Pre [Eugene Diamond League, May 31]. She has not run any [outdoor] races up to now because the only meets that would have challenged her conflicted with AP tests and some different proms she was or is going to.”

Yes, precocious though she may be on the track, Cain is a high schooler in the hectic final weeks before graduation.

“She has two AP tests tomorrow, the same day as Oxy,” Salazar continued. “She flies here to Portland on the 18th the day after another Prom. To run World Relays [May 24–25], she would have had to turn right around about four days later to go to Nassau, then fly all the way back to Portland a few days later. Too much travel and missed training. She needs to get settled here in Portland and prepare for Pre, then [the New York Diamond League on June 14] then [USATF Nationals in] Sacramento.”