EUGENE, Ore. — Christina Aragon is an all-American once again.
The former Billings Senior running standout earned a fourth-place finish for the Stanford Cardinal in the women’s 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, securing her second straight all-American finish in the race at Hayward Field.
Aragon clocked a time of 4 minutes, 9.59 seconds, finishing one-tenth of a second behind teammate Elise Cranny.
Aragon hung in the middle of the pack for the majority of Saturday’s final, finishing the first three laps in seventh place. But the sophomore showcased her famous kick in the final lap, jetting to third around the first corner of the bell lap. Aragon remained in third on the outside, then moved to second entering the final corner, while Oregon’s Jessica Hull made a move to the front of the race.
Hull out-kicked the field in the final stretch, winning the race in 4:08.75. Arkansas senior Nikki Hiltz moved from fourth to second in the final 50 meters, leaving Aragon and Cranny in a race for the finish line, with the latter crossing first.
Jessica Hull closes in 4:08 to win in front of the home crowd! pic.twitter.com/GYZDkOpAxX
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) June 9, 2018
Aragon is in her second season at Stanford after a standout high school career in Montana. She owns the all-class records in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, winning Gatorade female track athlete of the year honors in 2015 and 2016.
As a freshman at Stanford, Aragon earned all-America honors in both cross country and track and field. On the track, she placed seventh in the 1,500 at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During this sophomore season, Aragon earned all-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships and helped the Stanford distance medley relay team to a school-record time of 10:52.02.
For complete results from Saturday’s 1,500-meter final, click here.