Six Montana natives and one Montana State runner will compete at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.
Dani Aragon, the former Billings Senior High star, is the top qualifier of Montana’s representatives. Aragon, now a senior at Notre Dame, has the fifth-fastest seed time in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 12.50 seconds. She’ll be competing against her sister, freshman Christina Aragon of Stanford.
Christina Aragon put the finishing touches on a prolific high school career at Billings Senior last spring and earned all-America cross country honors last fall at Stanford. Her time of 4:29.07 is the 22nd-ranked seed time in the 1,500, but she carries a personal-best time of 4:08.71.
Dani Aragon’s time of 4:12.50 at the NCAA East Regional briefly broke the Notre Dame school record. Teammate Jessica Harris broke the mark in the next heat at the East Regional with a time of 4:11.67.
Sadi Henderson of Corvallis and Makena Morley of Bigfork will also be running at the national championships. Henderson, a sophomore at Boise State, will compete in the 800, where she has the 10th-fastest seed time at 2:03.91.
Morley, a freshman at Colorado after transferring from Montana, will run in the 10,000-meter race. She has the 24th-best seed time at 35:01.40. Montana State’s Alyssa Snyder will also run the 10,000 meters after qualifying with a seed time of 34:42.95. Snyder is a sophomore from Coalville, Utah.
On the men’s side, two runners from northwest Montana will be competing: Troy Fraley of Gonzaga and Zach Perrin of Colorado. Fraley, a senior from Kalispell Glacier High, will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He has an 11th-ranked seed time of 8:44.99.
Perrin, a junior from Colorado, has the 21st-fastest seed time in the 5,000-meter run. The Kalispell Flathead alumnus has a time of 14:33.84.
The national championships are scheduled for June 7-10.