Mariah Castillo won the 5k race at the Ken Garland Invitational on Saturday for TCU, becoming the first Horned Frog to win a 5k since Agnes Kemboi in 2012.
The sophomore won the race at the 18:02.32 mark, with the next closest runner 53.64 seconds behind her. This was just Castillo’s fourth collegiate cross country race.
“I thought Mariah ran solid, she started conservatively and then just ran away from the field in the second half,” head coach Jennifer Fazioli said. “She looks very relaxed right now as we continue to build fitness.”
Junior Evelyn Mandel finished in third place with a time of 19:00.44. Sophomore Isabella Aguilar ended the race in 16th place with a time of 20:17.55. Four other Frogs competed in the race and rounded out the standings.
For the men’s team, sophomore Lakelin Conrad was the first Frog to cross the finish line for the second week in a row. He finished in 16th place with a time of 22:16.57 in the four-mile race.
Freshman Samuel Busa was right behind Conrad, ending in 17th place with a time of 22:26.83.
“The majority of the team is young and still learning to race,” Fazioli said. “The footing on the course was challenging but all were able to engage and race late.”
The men finished third overall, while the women came in fourth.
The Frogs are back in action on Sept. 14th at the Gerald Richey Invitational in Dallas.