Dibaba runs away with 2-mile, Cain sets HS mark


Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's 2-mile run two mile Saturday night at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and Mary Cain set a record for high-schoolers and finished third.

Dibaba came in at 9:13.17 and Cain finished in 9:38.68.

Last month, Cain shattered a 37-year-old high school record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:02.12. She made a major splash in her first premier event Saturday, giving every impression that she will be a force for years to come on big stages.

Nearing the 1-mile mark, Dibaba exploded from the pack and made it a one-woman race. Cain drifted into last place, and then rallied to pick off opponents.

Olympic champion Jennifer Suhr won the women's pole vault, but clipped when she tried to set an American record.

In the final event of the night, Galen Rupp, the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters in London, finished second to 18-year-old Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet, who took over first place about midway through and held off a late charge from Rupp.

Rupp's 7:33.36 was the second-fastest time in U.S. history.

In other events:

— American Matthew Centrowitz won the men's mile. Centrowitz tucked behind the pacer from the start and was never caught, although Will Leer made it interesting in an ending sprint, finishing nine one-hundreths of a second behind Centrowitz's time of 3:56.26.

"He helped to keep it honest towards the end. I wasn't going to keep pressing until someone did do that," Centrowitz said. "We had a good little finish at the end."

Murielle Ahoure, of the Ivory Coast, broke a 7-year-old meet record in the women's 60 meters with a time of 7.07 seconds. Ahoure has the three fastest times this indoor season in this event.

Zambian Gerald Phiri took the men's 60 meters in 6.67 seconds.

Btissam Lakhouad defended her event crown in the woman's mile, edging a tight pack in 4:39.23.