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
Minnesota had 10 top-10 finishes at the Janis Rider Invitational Saturday
Minnesota hosts its final home meet of the 2015 season this Saturday
Erin Hawkins ran a career-best 24.14 in the 200m to move into second among all-time Gopher sprinters
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 (2015 Final)|
|800m||2:22.19 (UA)||Parents Day Invite (2/21/15)|
|Mile||5:08.21 (UA)||St. Thomas (2/13/15)|
|3,000m||10:16.86 (UA)||Minnesota Open (1/17/15)|
|Castanias's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 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)|
Gophers to Face B1G Foes at ISU Classic
Six Big Ten Conference teams are in the field for this year's Iowa State Classic.
Gophers Record 11 Career Bests at Notre Dame
Shanique Wright led Minnesota with a runner-up showing in the triple jump on day two of the Meyo Invitational Saturday.
Berkholtz, Markland Win Titles to Lead Gophers
Liz Berkholtz and Titania Markland won event titles to lead Minnesota on day one of the Meyo Invitational.