The Gopher freshman will race with the U.S. Junior Women's National Team in Colombia
Minnesota hosted its final home meet of the 2014 season Saturday
No. 20 Minnesota travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Big Ten Championships this weekend
Several Gophers ran season or career-best times at Les Bolstad Course Saturday night
Minnesota finished second in the team standings
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.