Christine Babcock

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

Babcock's first major victory in track and field came by winning the girls' 2006 outdoor 1600 meter CIF California State Meet title 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 time of 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 2008 track, she won her third straight CIF state meet by 16 seconds in the 1600 meters, was a national high school record of 4:33.82 until 2014 when Alexa Efraimson ran faster at the Washington State meet. 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 time of 4:15.10 in the 1500 meters at the NCAA National Championship preliminaries. She later went on to finish 11th in the finals.

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

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

Year Competition Place Event
2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 18th 1500m
2008 Pac-10 XC 3rd (3rd UW)
2008 NCAA Regional XC 3rd (1st UW)
2008 NCAA XC 7th (1st UW) (All-America)
2009 MPSF TF 2nd Mile
2009 MPSF TF 1st DMR (MPSF Champion)
2009 NCAA Indoors 8th DMR (All-America)
2009 Pac-10 TF 3rd 800m
2009 NCAA Regional TF 7th 1500m
2009 NCAA Outdoors 11th 1500m
2009 Pac-10 XC 5th (3rd UW)
2009 NCAA Regional XC 10th (5th UW)
2009 NCAA XC 34th (4th UW) (All-America)
2010 Pac-10 XC 19th (5th UW)
2010 Regional XC 19th (3rd UW)
2010 NCAA XC 114th (4th UW)
2011 Pac-12 XC 12th (2nd UW)
2011 Regional XC 14th (5th UW)
2011 NCAA XC 62nd (3rd UW)
2012 MPSF TF 8th 3000m
2012 Pac-12 TF 7th 5000m
2012 NCAA Prelims TF 14th 1500m
2013 MPSF TF 3rd 3000m
2013 MPSF TF 1st DMR (MPSF Champion)
2013 NCAA Indoors 13th Mile (All-America Second Team)
2013 Pac-12 TF 11th 1500m
2013 NCAA Prelims TF 7th 5000m
2013 NCAA Outdoors 11th 5000m (All-America Second Team)
2013 USA Outdoor Champs 11th 5000m

Performance at Select Events[edit]

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[edit]

Distance Mark Date Location
800 m 2:06.55 2009-04-11 Tempe, Arizona
1,500 m 4:16.10 2009-05-23 NCAA prelims
1,600 m 4:33.82 2008-05-31 Cerritos


Babcock represents Oiselle and trains with Lauren Fleshman in Bend, Oregon since 2013.

2015 Boulder USA Cross Country Championships Christine Babcock placed 13th.[7]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 USA Cross Country Senior Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, Colorado 13th 8000 m 29:06[8]
2015 Pan American Cross Country Avenida al Río Golf Course, Barranquilla, Colombia 9th 7000 m 22:03[9][10]