Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history
Minnesota will honor its senior class during the Parents Day Invite on Saturday
Members of the Gopher women's track & field team competed locally at Macalester's Janis Rider Invitational on Saturday
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
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.
2017 Season - Outdoor: Ran six races • ran a career-best 2:18.86 in the 800m to place sixth at the Holst Invitational • took seventh in the 1,500m in a season-best 4:43.29 at the Hamline Invite • won the 3,000m at the Janis Rider Invitational in a career-best 10:17.04.
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 • major is environmental 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 (2017 Final)|
|800m||2:18.86||Holst Invitational (4/22/17)|
|1,500m||4:39.24 (UA)||UW-La Crosse Eagle Open (5/8/15)|
|3,000m||10:17.04||Janis Rider Invitational (4/29/17)|
|5,000m||18:06.64||Holst Invitational (4/16/16)|
No. 10 Gophers Set for B1G Championship
2/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota enters the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship as the top-ranked B1G team in the nation.
Gophers Rewrite Weight Throw Top-10
2/17/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers Kaitlyn Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis recorded the top-three weight throw marks in program history Saturday.
Alum Omeoga Set for Olympic Debut
2/16/2018 - W. Track & Field
Gophers alumna Akuoma Omeoga will compete at the Winter Olympic Games as a member of Nigeria's bobsleigh team.