Minnesota wrapped up the 2016 season with Madeline Strandemo representing the team at the NCAA Championship
Minnesota held its final home meet of the season at Les Bolstad Course Sunday morning
Twenty-one Gophers recorded career-best 6K times at Les Bolstad Friday evening
Megan Hasz, Bethany Hasz, and Madeline Strandemo led Minnesota on Friday afternoon
Ellen Snyder won the individual crown to lead the Gophers to the team title at the Blugold Invitational
Photo gallery for women's cross country student-athlete Emily Castanias.
2016 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Ran in six meets this season • finished fourth overall at the Blugold Invite with a time of 23:01.6 • recorded a season-best 6K time of 22:16.1 at Jack’s Run as the ninth Gopher in 11th place overall.
2015 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Ran six races • placed 12th on the team at the Oz Memorial (24:20.1) and the Griak Invitational (24:17.1) • led the Gophers in fourth overall at the Blugold Invitational in a season-best 22:35.9 • placed sixth on the team and 43rd overall in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (23:13.5) • finished 42nd overall and ninth among females at Jack’s Run (23:47.2) • placed third on the team and seventh overall at Rocky’s Run (24:12.6).
2014 • Freshman Season: Competed in five races as an unattached runner.
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.
Three Gophers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District
Luca Wieland earned Academic All-District accolades for the third year in a row while Madeline Strandemo and Derek Wiebke picked up their first career honors.
Gophers Add Five More for 2017-18
Minnesota's newcomers for next season total 15 new student-athletes joining the Maroon & Gold.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Abby Lange
Gophers redshirt freshman Abby Lange reflects on her transition to collegiate running, including making her Big Ten debut.