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Stanford women race to All-American track and field honors

 

Four Stanford women: Fiona O'Keeffe, Rebecca Mehra, Christina Aragon, and Olivia Baker scored and earned All-America first-team honors by placing among the top eight in their running events Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

O'Keeffe placed fifth in the 5,000 in 15:46.93, running a lifetime best by nine seconds, and became the second Stanford freshman to earn first-team honors Saturday, following Aragon, who was seventh in the 1,500. Rebecca Mehra, a fifth-year senior, was sixth in the 1,500, and junior Olivia Baker was eighth in the 800.


Olivia Baker

Fiona O'Keeffe
Combined with the Mackenzie Little's fourth-place finish in the javelin on Thursday, Stanford scored 15 points to place 13th as a team. The Stanford men were tied for 26th with 10 points.

O'Keeffe was the top true freshman in the field. It marked the 19th time a Stanford woman has placed among the top five in the 5,000 at NCAA's and the 16th time in 17 years that the Cardinal has had a finalist in the event.

In the 1,500, Mehra ran a lifetime best by three seconds to finish in 4:14.52, placing her No. 8 on Stanford's all-time performers' list. Aragon was next in 4:14.79.

In the 800, Baker, racing in the 800 final for the second consecutive year, ran 2:04.21.

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