BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Christina Aragon advanced to the finals of the 1,500-meter run at the World Under 20 Championships.
The former Billings Senior star placed fourth in her heat featuring the best junior runners from around the world. Aragon finished in 4 minutes, 18.93 seconds. Adanech Anbesa of Ethiopia won the heat in a time of 4:15.53.
“The biggest thing is just, like, it reminded me you have to have confidence going in there,” Aragon told www.milesplit.com. “And even if you’re running with girls that you aren’t completely sure, that you can hang with or whatever, you just have to say in your own mind you can run faster than you’ve ever done before. You don’t have to set limits on yourself by what you’ve done in the past. You just have to kind of take it as an opportunity and know that you can run better, you can run with them, you can run better than you’ve ever run before.”
Alexa Efraimson of Camas, Wash., the American who defeated Aragon in the USA Track & Field Junior Championships earlier this summer, placed second in her heat to qualify for the finals. Efraimson ran a 4:13.12 on Friday.
Aragon, who will run collegiately at Stanford University, is a 12-time Montana Class AA state champion and holds state records in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She’s a two-time Montana Gatorade girls track and field athlete of the year.
The final, which features 12 qualifiers from Friday’s heats, is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. (MST) and will be televised on NBC Sports.