EUGENE, Ore. – Christina Aragon is an all-American.
The former Billings Senior High star finished in seventh place in the women’s 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Aragon, now a freshman at Stanford, also earned all-American honors last fall during the cross country season.
Saturday’s 1,500-meter final started off at a slow pace with the group of runners remaining tightly bunched through the first three-plus laps. Aragon, competing against her sister Dani, who is a graduate student at Notre Dame, stayed in the back half of the group much of the race.
Runners started to separate themselves over the final 200 meters, though, as the kickers surged to the front. Christina Aragon wasn’t able to drastically move up from her position in the rear of the pack, but she was able stay in the top eight – all of whom get all-America honors.
Jaimie Phelan, a junior from Michigan, sprinted to the front of the pack and held off Arkansas’ Nikki Hiltz at the finish line. Phelan crossed the line first in 4 minutes, 13.78 seconds; Hilts was second in 4:13.80.
Christina Aragon, one of just two freshmen in the final, finished in 4:14.79.
Dani Aragon placed 12th with a time of 4:17.24.