Oakland, Calif. - Led by a second-place scoring finish from freshman Katie Castro, the Pacific women's cross country team placed fourth at the 6K Mills Cross Country Invitational Saturday in Oakland, Calif.
The Tigers put three runners into the top 15 among college runners as sophomore Melissa Hopper finished eighth and freshman Rebecca Tuttle placed 15th.
Castro turned in a time of 24:36, 14 seconds behind collegiate winner Tiffany Duffy of Cal State East Bay. Hopper turned in time of 25:19, while Tuttle traveled the course in 25:56.
Senior Jazmin Quiroz crossed the line in 26:28 for 23rd, while sophomore Cassi Rush rounded out the Tigers' scores in 33rd at 27:07.
Senior Monica Torres traversed the course in 27:59 to come in 42nd, while freshman Micaela Todd was the final Pacific runner, in 54th, with a time of 29:44.
"We wanted to go out and compete today and not worry about anything else, head coach Josh Jones said. "The ladies are running very strong for this time of year, we have been doing a lot of hill work these last few weeks, we are running on very heavy legs."
Castro placed fourth overall behind two unattached runners, including overall winner Rolinda Smith (23:42).
"Katie ran well placing fourth out of 122. It is a really strong showing coming from our freshman. Also running well was Cassi Rush. I'm really excited about the team's determination this year. It will be fun to watch how well they run come the end of October."
The Tigers are back in action next Saturday at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto.