The usually low-key multi-team season opener at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center was kicked up to record level as Mary Cain and Galen Rupp treated fans to a World and an American record in a pair of invitational races at the end of the schedule.


Runners from The Nike Oregon Project have found B.U.'s oval to be friendly for fast times and it was no different on Thursday evening. The women's 1000 meter took off at a stiff clip with the help of a pacer, and turned to a two runner duel between Cain and clubmate Treniere Clement over the final two laps. Though missing the US open record (held by Mass. runner Jen Toomey), the 17 year old Cain's winning time of 2:39.25 was a World (and US) Junior (age 19 and under) mark, the former standard dating all the way back to 1982. Cain and Clement are now numbers 8 and 10 on the all-time US list.


While the crowd lining the outer rim of the track was vocal for Cain's race, the cheering volume rose with each lap of the 5000 to non-stop support. Early pacesetting was right on, and when the Olympic silver medalist took the lead for good, he was pushed by Sam Chelanga, former NCAA champ now living in Hanover NH. Rupp stopped the clock at 13:01.26, almost 6 seconds better than the year old mark set by Lopez Lomong and the seventh best 5000 ever run indoors. Chelanga finished in a personal best 13:04.35, and in third, Cam Levins stamped a new Canadian Record in 13:19.16.


For those who stuck around after the collegiate relay races, almost as interesting to watch was the nearly hour long workout that the two record holders went through before their cool-down. Both of the Oregon talents were most cordial to the flocks of fans, young and old, who expressed their congratulations.

The Nike Oregon Project is coached by Alberto Salazar former Massachusetts state high school champ in the 1970's mentored by legendary coach Bill Squires, who was in attendance for the meet.

Meet results can be found at