Mariah Castillo of TCU and Haftu Knight of Texas were named Big 12 cross country runners of the week for their performances in week three of the 2019 season.
Castillo, a sophomore, picked up her second win of 2019 with a 17:35.1 time in the Women’s 5K at the Gerald Richey Invitational. The Horned Frog shed over 25 seconds off her time from her win at the Ken Garland Invitational on Sept. 7 and is the first runner from TCU to win two races of any distance in the same season since Agnes Kemboi accomplished the feat in 2012.
Knight, a freshman, sprinted to a 15:01.15 finish at the Texas Invitational, good for his first-career win. In just his second collegiate race, Knight paced the Longhorns, who claimed the top nine spots in the Men’s 5K and swept the field with a 15-point outing. Knight was over a minute faster than the first non-UT student-athlete.
Both athletes earned their first-career weekly honors. Castillo is TCU’s first winner since Brenley Goertzen won Women’s Runner of the Week on Sept. 26, 2017. Texas claims its third honor this season after sweeping the initial installment of the 2019 weekly cross country awards.
2019 BIG 12 RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
|Date||Men's Runner of the Week||Women's Runner of the Week|
|Sept. 17||Haftu Knight, Texas, Fr.||Mariah Castillo, TCU, So.|
|Sept. 10||Jack Thomas, Kansas State, Fr.||Abby Caldwell, Iowa State, Sr.|
|Sept. 3||Sam Worley, Texas, Jr.||Destiny Collins, Texas, Sr.|