May 24, 2008
NORWALK, Calif. - Husky-to-be Christine Babcock broke a state high school record in the 1600-meters on Friday evening, winning at the California Southern Section-Toyora Masters track and field meet.
Babcock, a senior from Woodbridge, Calif. who attends Irvine Woodbridge High School, finished in 4:36.57, breaking the National Federation of State High School Association's record.
The previous record was set last season by current Oregon freshman Alexandra Kosinski, who ran 4:38.15. Kosinski was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year following the 2007 cross country season.
"My coach said to go for it this week because we don't know what the weather will be like next week [at the CIF state finals]," Babcock said to the Los Angeles Times following her win.
One of the top recruits in the nation, Babcock is the two-time defending state champion in the 1600-meters. She will join the Husky cross country squad in the fall and then move onto the track where she will add to a growing women's distance tradition that includes 2006 NCAA 1500-meter champion Amy Lia, 2008 Pac-10 1500-meter champion Katie Follett, and All-American milers Amanda Miller and Michelle Turner.