WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Mary Cain's grandmother chose a purple, white and silver ribbon for the sophomore track star's appearance at the 45th Loucks Games at White Plains High School Friday and the rest of the 800-meter field got a great view of the pony tail accessory as Cain raced to a state and meet record in a sparkling 2:03.34, more than three seconds better than the Loucks record of 2:07.81 set in 2001.

Cain's feat was also the best time in the nation at the distance for a high school runner this year. Diana Richburg set the New York State 800-meter standard of 2:03.7 on July 21, 1982 at White Plains High School. 

"I felt like I stayed within myself for the first 400 and then got a chance to run through the finish," said Cain, who has already reached an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 800 and is just one tenth of a second off the trials standard for the 1,500 meters. "This is a good track to run on and the field was pretty strong, so I'm happy with the result."