Tasty Race Of The Week: Christina Aragon Qualifies For Olympic Trials!

Billings High School senior Christina Aragon qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 1500m on Sunday night by running 4:09.27 to win her section of the Portland Track Festival.

The Montana native and Stanford signee moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 on the all-time list with her new PR; she is the third prep to break 4:10 in the 1500m behind only Mary Cain and Alexa Efraimson, both of whom signed professional contracts with Nike while still in high school.

Meg Bellino of FloTrack talked to Christina Aragon after her race:

Other high school students competing in the race included Katie Rainsberger of Air Academy, Co., who ran 4:12.62 to place third in the section, and Ella Donaghu of Grant, Ore., who placed fourth in 4:14.11.

Dennis Young talked to Katie Rainsberger after her race:

Full results below:

Section  2                                                         
  1 Aragon, Christina            Unattached             4:09.27U   
  2 Farber, Lianne               New Balance Norcal     4:12.35    
  3 Rainsberger, Katie           Unattached             4:12.62    
  4 Donaghu, Ella                Unattached             4:14.11    
  5 Moye, Megan                  Unattached             4:14.15    
  6 Kelly, Mariah                Unattached             4:14.31    
  7 Pomfret, Kendra              Mizuno Run Canada      4:14.40    
  8 Silva, Samantha              Bowerman Track Club    4:14.49    
  9 Kouba, Paige                 Harvard                4:16.61    
 10 Paquette, Lauren             Brooks/Break           4:17.18    
 11 Salerno, Melissa             Asics                  4:18.32    
 12 Handler, Brook               Unattached             4:19.32    
 13 Van Der Klooster, Coreen     Run Canberra           4:27.41 

2016 is the deepest year in history for the girls 1500m. In addition to Oregon commit Rainsberger and Stanford commits Aragon and Donaghu, Lake Braddock junior Kate Murphy has also added her name to the all-time list this year.

An updated all-time list is below.

All-Time Prep Performers: Girls 1500m

14:04.62Mary CainBronxville, NY2013
24:07.05Alexa EfraimsonCamas, WA2013
34:09.27Christina AragonBillings, MT2016
44:10.95Elise CrannyNiwot, CO2014
54:12.62Katie RainsbergerAir Academy, CO2016
64:14.11Ella DonaghuGrant, OR2016
74:14.26Kate MurphyLake Braddock, VA2016
84:14.50Jordan HasayMission College Prep, CA2008
94:16.42Christine BabcockWoodbridge, CA2008
104:16.60Kim GallagherUpper Dublin, PA1982

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