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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Montana Girls Track AOY: Danielle Aragon

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Danielle Aragon

THE BASICS

School: Billings Senior (Billings, Mont.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Aragon won three individual state championships this spring and led the Lady Broncs to the Class AA state title as a team. She set a state record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.31, won the 1,600-meter run in 4:56.43 and the 3,200-meter run in 11:09.28. Aragon also finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.23 seconds. The 2010-11 Gatorade Montana Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she won the 800 at the Great Southwest Classic, breaking the tape in 2:11.16. Her record-breaking 800 clocking at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 13 time by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Aragon has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and on behalf of the Smile Network, an international fundraising organization that provides supplies to repair birth defects and genetic defects.

THE PRAISE

“Danielle Aragon is the best female athlete I have seen in 19 years of coaching,” said Rob Stanton, head coach at Billings West (Billings, Mont.). “She is simply a phenomenal athlete and a great person and student.”

THE FUTURE: Aragon has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.