U.S. Olympic hopeful and teenage star Mary Cain has moved back to New York for training and remains a part of the Nike Oregon Project, coached by Alberto Salazar.
“After a disappointing year, I knew that I needed a change,” Cain announced on her website. “For me, that meant returning home to New York (and its bagels) or where it all started. With 2016 being such an important year, it’s a blessing to be able to, as my mom ‘Go back to basics.’”
Cain, who completed her freshman year at the University of Portland, has enrolled at Fordham University. Her father, an anesthesiologist, also attended Fordham.
Cain's workouts are still written by Salazar but is overseen by coach John Henwood in New York City. Salazar's training group, which homes Olympians Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz, is based in Portland, Ore.
Cain is coming off a disappointing season in 2015. She finished eighth in the women's 1,500-meter final at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. and did not qualify for the IAAF World Championship roster.
As a 17-year-old, Cain was the 2013 U.S. championship runner-up and finished 10th in the 2013 IAAF World Championship 1,500-meter final in Moscow. Cain is best known for setting records as a high school athlete and foregoing her NCAA eligibility to sign a professional contract with Nike.
Cain holds a personal best of 4:04.62 for 1,500-meters, when she ran an American junior record in 2013. Her fastest time of 2015 was 4:09.08.
“Throughout my career, I always said the key to running well was keeping the sport fun,” Cain wrote. “With the help of this great New York running community, I am happy to say that I have found that love again! I’m looking forward to a rewarding indoor and outdoor season.”
- Christopher Chavez