In a win that shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows the sport of running, 17-year-old Mary Cain was named USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year on Tuesday. She will be honored at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Indianapolis on Dec. 7.
Cain was understandably excited about receiving the prestigious award:
I am thrilled to have been named the USATF Youth Athlete of the Year. The past recipients of this award are inspiring athletes and to join this amazing group is an incredible honor. I want to thank USA Track & Field for this award and for their support (USATF.org).
Previous winners of the award include Alan Webb, Sanya Richards, and Lashawn Merritt.
Cain, who elected to turn pro and run for the Nike Oregon Project as opposed to competing in college, set seven U.S. high school records and five national junior records in 2013. She also became the youngest 1,500m finalist in IAAF World Championship history, finishing 10th in the finals with a time of 4:07.19.