Boston (AFP) - Indoor world record-holder Jenn Suhr won and US teen Mary Cain set a world junior record at the Boston Grand Prix, where US miler Galen Rupp suffered an injury.
The indoor athletics meet also saw a world record in the seldom-contested indoor 4x800-meter relay, with the American foursome of Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski breaking a mark set at the same event in 2000.
Suhr, who set a world record of 5.01m at last year's US indoor meet, won by clearing 4.70 but promised the best was yet to come, potentially at next month's world indoors in Sopot, Poland.
"I dont have those 'meet legs' and the timing under me, but we've got a lot of the season left," Suhr said on Saturday.
Cain, a 17-year-old from New York, won the 1,000 in 2:35.80, missing her target of the US record 2:34.19 set by Jen Toomey in 2004.
"I felt really good," Cain said. "Of course, I was hoping for the American record, but I felt so good. I kind of felt that last 150, I can do more."
Cain became the youngest American to compete at a world athletics championships after running last year in Moscow.
Rupp, who set American records in the 5,000 and two-mile events last month, dropped out of the mile with a pain in his left foot with two laps remaining, dimming his world hopes with the US indoor meet, a world qualifier that comes at the end of the month.
The US All-Stars -- Jones, Torrence, Solomon and Sowinski -- won the 4x800 relay in 7:13.11, breaking the old mark of 7:13.94 set in 2000 by Joey Woody, Karl Paranya, Rich Kenah and David Krummenacker.
"I just wanted to get out there and get a good position," leadoff man Jones said.
Torrence said: "All I thought was get the baton to the front. I knew what the job was."
Solomon was not planning to run at the meet but changed his mind when training partner Jones took a spot.
"We put this team together and we got a world record out of it," Solomon said.
Marvin Bracey won the men's 60m in 6.53 seconds while fellow American Tianna Bartoletta won the women's 60 in 7.17.
Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet won the men's 3,000 in 7:34.13, while New Zealand's Nick Willis won the mile in 3:57.41.
Kenya's Sally Kipyego won the women's two-mile in 9:21.04, helped when US runner-up Jenny Simpson pulled up at the finish line while leading with one lap remaining.
"I'll be living this one down for a while," Simpson said.
"I just thought this is my last lap. I remember thinking, 'Why isn't it louder and crazier?' I didn't know for about three seconds after I crossed the line."
Simpson finished second in 9:26.19 but she was within three seconds of the US record had she not blundered.
"That stings so bad," she said. "I was running really well and I was running so comfortable. It's a little bit of dash to my ego but a good confidence booster for the next thing."
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