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Track and field: Babcock sets National Federation record in the 1,600

May 23, 2008 |  7:19 pm

What superlatives are yet to be written about Woodbridge runner Christine Babcock? In the Southern Section-Toyota Masters meet Friday night at Cerritos College, Babcock was ...

  • Outstanding
  • Mesmerizing
  • Fantastic
  • Super
  • Unbelievable
  • Incredible
  • (Add your own applicable superlative here)

The Washington-bound runner ran the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes 36.57 seconds, the National Federation State High School Assn., record. The old standard was 4:38.15 by Alex Kosinski of El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge set last year. 

Babcock's time is the second-fastest ever by a California schoolgirl. Polly Plumer from Irvine University was faster in 1982, but it was a converted time; she ran the mile, not the 1,600, and she did it in an open meet at UCLA, not a high school-only meet. Plumer ran a 4:35.24 in the mile.

Babcock, the two-time state champion in the 1,600, battered the field Friday. Second-place Katherine Delaney, a freshman from Santa Margarita, was more than 12 seconds behind (4:52.66).

Coming into the day, San Luis Obispo Mission Prep junior Jordan Hasay had the state's fastest time at 4:42.50. Babcock had been second at 4:45.96.

-- Martin Henderson

-- Editor Bob: For complete Masters meet results, check here.

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