As part of its three-meet weekend, the Gophers had a group competing locally at St. Thomas Friday night
Patty O'Brien wins the 5,000m at the Kip Janvrin Invite to lead the Gophers on Friday
Minnesota competed at day one of the Iowa State Classic Friday
The Gophers won six individual events and the 4x400-meter relay at the season-opening Minnesota Open
Taylor Mikkalson, Katie Murgic and Lyndsey Thorpe won events to lead the Gophers Friday
Photos of women's track and field student-athlete Emily Castanias.
2017 Season - Indoor: Ran five races • ran career-best times in the 1,000m (3:02.80) as runner-up at the UST Showcase and in the mile (5:08.09) at the Parents Day Invite.
2016 Season - Indoor: Ran five races, recording career-best times in the 1000m (3:06.25) and 3,000m (10:07.02) • ran a season best 5:13.43 in the mile to place 15th at the Jack Johnson Classic.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Ran four races • finished third in the 5,000m in a career-best 18:06.64 at the Holst Invitational • ran a season-best 4:41.75 to place ninth in the 1,500m at the Kip Janvrin Open.
2015 Season: Competed unattached during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Chanhassen High School • six-time letterwinner in both cross country and track & field • four-time All-Missota Conference runner • five-time cross country state meet participant • finished 35th at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state cross country championship to help Chanhassen to a fourth-place team finish • two-time track & field state meet participant • state champion in the 3,200m in a Chanhassen school record 10:26 at the 2014 Minnesota Class AA State Championship • placed 10th at the Minnesota Class AA State Championship in the 4x800m relay as both a junior and a senior • holds Chanhassen school records in the 800m (2:17.80), 1,600m (4:56.59), 3,200m and 4x800m relay • five-time letterwinner in Nordic skiing • National Honor Society member • finished with 4.0 grade point average.
Personal: Born May 23, 1996 • daughter of Paul and Tamara Castanias • has two older sisters, Christine and Jennifer • enjoys painting, drawing and baking • intends to major in engineering.
|Castanias's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)|
|800m||2:22.19 (UA)||Parents Day Invite (2/21/15)|
|1,000m||3:02.80||UST Showcase (2/10/17)|
|Mile||5:08.09||Parents Day Invite (2/18/17)|
|3,000m||10:07.02||ISU Classic (2/12/16)|
|Castanias's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|800m||2:23.10 (UA)||Tommie Twilight (4/29/15)|
|1,500m||4:39.24 (UA)||UW-La Crosse Eagle Open (5/8/15)|
|3,000m||10:17.56 (UA)||Janis Rider Invitational (4/25/15)|
|5,000m||18:06.64||Holst Invitational (4/16/16)|
Gophers Earn Two Third-Place Finishes
Minnesota wrapped up competition at the Raleigh Relays with a pair of third-place finishes in the 800m and 4x800m relay on Saturday.
Gophers Kick Off Raleigh Relays
Madeline Strandemo won the 3,000m steeplechase in a meet record time to lead the Gophers on day one at the Raleigh Relays.
B1G Honors Wiebke with Weekly Award
Taylor Wiebke is the Big Ten Conference leader in the high jump after clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) last weekend.