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Christina Aragon 2nd at Pac-12 championships; NCAA West prelims up next

Posted at 9:38 PM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:40:09-04

STANFORD, Calif. — Add another podium finish to Christina Aragon’s fine career.

The former Billings Senior running standout and Montana record-holder earned a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the Pac-12 Conference outdoor championships on Sunday. Aragon, who entered Sunday’s finals No. 5 after the preliminaries, ran a time of 4 minutes, 23.41 seconds in the race, crossing the finish line behind Oregon sophomore Jessica Hull, who ran a 4:21.65.

Aragon, who owns Montana’s all-class high school records in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, looks to chase another all-American honor for the Cardinal. The Stanford sophomore placed seventh in the 1,500 at the NCAA outdoor championships last June, securing first-team all-American status.

Earlier this month, Aragon earned a runner-up finish at the Payton Jordan Invitational, finishing the 1,500 in 4:12.28, behind professional runner Sara Vaughn’s 4:11.70. Aragon’s time vaulted her to No. 3 in the NCAA Division I West Outdoor qualifying list. Hull sits first at 4:10.46, while Aragon’s teammate, Vanessa Fraser, is second with a qualifying time of 4:10.63.

Aragon’s season-best time also ranks seventh in the country this season.

Aragon and Stanford, which finished third at the Pac-12 championships, next compete at the NCAA West preliminary round in Sacramento beginning May 24.