Stockton, Calif. – Freshman Katie Castro of Pacific Cross Country has been honored as Pacific's March Competitor of the Month. The award was announced on Thursday, April 5 and is presented each month to a Tiger student-athlete who demonstrates unusual or remarkable competitive effort.
Castro started her month off in spectacular fashion at the Kym Duyst Invite on March 3, the freshman topped all runners with a time of 17:40.62 in the 5000m run. The first place finish marked a personal record for the Los Gatos, Calif. native.
Castro then headed north to Sacramento where she ran a 4:58.28 in the 1500m at the Hornet Invitational on March 17. However, the freshman saved her best effort for last at the Johnny Mathis Track and Field Invitational on March 24. Running through near freezing temperatures and pouring rain in San Francisco, Castro set a new personal record with a time of 17:35.74 in the 5000m to top all other collegiate runners in the event.
Castro was thrilled when she was told about Pacific's March Competitor of the Month saying, "It's a huge honor and I could not be more excited. Track has been a lot of fun these past few months and I was just happy to compete so well." She added, "My favorite race was in San Francisco, it was cold and stormy, but we as a team ended up having a great day.
The Pacific cross country team is off until April 21 when they head to UC Davis for the Woody Wilson Invite.