Trinidad, Calif. – Freshman Katie Castro led the Pacific Cross Country team to a fifth place finish at the Humboldt Invite Saturday, September 10.
Castro's time of 23:21 in the 6K race was good for 21st overall. In her second collegiate race Castro continued to move up Pacific's all-time personal record list. She now sits in fifth place, and is only 10 seconds off the Pacific freshman record set by Melissa Hopper last season.
Head coach Josh Jones was excited after his team's second race saying, "the team ran well. We trained hard all week, and we still improved with little rest." Jones added, "it was great to see this team power through, and we are now only a minute off our best time last year that we set at the Big West Championships."
Sophomore Hopper was the second Tiger over the line finishing with a time of 24:53, good for 39th place. Following her was freshman Rebecca Tuttle who set a new personal record with a 24:57 time, and 41st place finish. Senior Jazmin Quiroz improved her time from last week to 25:53 and finished in 52nd place. Rounding out the Tigers was senior Monica Torres (26:36), sophomore Cassi Rush (26:44), freshman Julia Lane (28:36), and freshman Micaela Todd running in her first collegiate race finished with a time of 28:51.
Torres, who ran 45 seconds off her personal record was pleased with her team and individual performance saying, "I am happy for myself and the team. We did well today, but are not satisfied." She added, "today we took a step in the right direction as we prepare for the Big West Championships at the end of October."
Pacific cross country is back in action next Saturday when they travel to the Mill XC Invite in Oakland, Calif.