Castro Wins The 5000m To Spark Great Night From Cross Country

Katie Castro won the 5000m at the Kim Duyst invite this weekend
Katie Castro won the 5000m at the Kim Duyst invite this weekend

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Turlock, Calif. – The Pacific Cross Country team started its track season with a bang on March 3 at the Kim Duyst Invite. The event hosted by Cal State Stanislaus saw one of the best performances ever by a Tiger in Katie Castro's 5000m run. The freshman topped all competitors with a time of 17:40.62 to finish first in the event. The time was a new personal record for the Los Gatos, Calif. native.

However, that was not the only exciting performance from Pacific's trip to Turlock. Freshman Rebecca Tuttle set a personal record in the 5000m with a time of 19:09.03. Fellow freshman Micaela Todd ran the 1500m for Pacific to clock in with a time of 5:39.65. The Mill Creek, Wash. native also ran the 800m in 2:43.69. 

Head coach Josh Jones could not have been happier with the night's result saying, "The ladies had an outstanding day.  Having Katie win the 5000m in such a large field is a major step forward for her individually and for the program." He added, "She has run extremely well in practice this semester and we knew something big was going to happen, but we just didn't realize how big.  She truly ran a perfect race."

Jones went on to comment about the rest of his runners saying, "It showed across the board on how our runners performed.  [Tuttle] had a great race,  [Todd] ran the 800m and 1500m to finish better than expected. Micaela has made great strides this year after coming back from an injury that occurred in high school."  Jones continued, "With Cassi Rush we had her run the first eight laps of the 5K, she has been battling the flu and we were getting in a short race for her.  Overall it was a great day for Pacific Runners."

The Tigers continue their spring season with the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, Calif. on March 17. The event is hosted by Sacramento State.