Christine babcock

Christine Babcock
Personal information
Full name Christine Babcock
Nationality  United States
Born Laguna Hills, California
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) 800 meteres, 1500 meters, 1600 meters

Christine Babcock is a two-time all-American collegiate athlete in the United States.

Babcock was born in Laguna Hills, California. She is an Oiselle[1] professional athlete, 2012 graduate of the University of Washington[2] at Seattle, but is best known for being one of only a few high school athletes to compete in the 2008 US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon and for setting two national High School records at the distances of 1500 and 1600 meters.[3] Babcock attended Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California.

High school

Babcock's first major victory in track and field came by winning the girls' outdoor 1600 meter CIF California State Meet title in 2006 in 4:41.29 (with a margin of over 1 second) as a sophomore.[4]

During the following Cross Country season she won the CIF Division II State Championships by 13 second with a 17:20.[5] In the spring she won her second straight 1600 meter state title in 4:38.85, a new California Interscholastic Federation Record at the time.[6]

In her senior year, Babcock again won the State cross country Division II title, this time in the fastest time of the meet, 17:04. In track she won her third straight CIF state meet by 16 seconds in the 1600 meters, a still standing national record of 4:33.82. Additionally, she won the Mt. SAC Relays 1500 meter race in 4:16.42, at the time a national record. This record would later be broken by Jordan Hasay at the 2008 US Olympic trials in a time of 4:14.50.


In the 2008 cross country season, Babcock led the University of Washington to the program's first NCAA championship. She was the first finisher for the Huskies, at seventh place overall, with a time of 20:02. In track she set a personal best in the 1500 meters at the NCAA National Championship preliminaries in 4:16.10. She later went on to finish 11th in the finals.

2009 led to another All-American performance in cross country, finishing 34th nationally. The team finished 3rd nationally. She also placed fifth in the Pac-10 Conference championships. Her senior year in 2011, she led UW to their third podium finish of her 4 year career, as the team finished second.

On November 30, 2011, she was named the "Pac-12 Scholar Athlete Of The Year" with a 3.93 grade point average.[2]

Performance at Select Events

Competition Result Time Distance Location Date
2006 CIF State Championships 1st 4:41.29 1600 m Cerritos 2006-6-3
2006 CIF State Championships 1st 17:20 5000 m Fresno 2006-11-25
2007 CIF State Championships 1st 4:38.85 1600 m Sacramento 2007-6-2
2007 CIF State Championships 1st 17:04 5000 m Fresno 2007-11-24
2008 CIF State Championships 1st 4:33.82 NR 1600 m Cerritos 2008-5-31
Mt. SAC High Performance Challenge 1st 4:16.42 1500 m Walnut 2008-6-15

Personal Bests

Distance Mark Date Location
800 m 2:06.55 2009-04-11 Tempe, Arizona
1,500 m 4:16.10 2009 NCAA prelims
1,600 m 4:33.82 2008-05-31 Cerritos


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