The Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Christina Aragon
School: Billings Senior (Billings, Mont.)
Athletic achievement: The distance talent won three individual state championships this spring and led the Broncs to a fourth-place finish as a team at the Class AA state meet. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Aragon took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.65, the 1600-meter run in 4:43.51 and the 3200-meter run, breaking the tape in 10:23.31. Her winning time in the 800 established a new state record and ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection. Aragon is a 12-time state champion and capped her prep career with a silver medal in the 800 at this month’s Brooks PR Invitational.
Academic excellence: Aragon has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is ranked No. 1 in her graduating class.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and her school’s concert band, she has volunteered as a senior student advocate and participated in a service-mission trip to Peru.
“Christina Aragon is arguably the greatest female track and field athlete in the history of the state,” said Mike Henneberg, head coach at C.M. Russell High. “She has always handled herself in a classy manner before, during and after competition.”
THE FUTURE: Aragon has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Stanford University this fall.