Daniel Mountcastle
Daniel Mountcastle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ventura, CA
High School: Ventura HS
Position: Distance/Steeple
Major: Biology

 2018 Cross Country

Ran in five meets for the Gauchos for his second cross season. Finished 26th at the Stanford Invitational as the No. 1 scorer in 24:56.4. Set a new personal best at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational where he finished first for Gauchos in 15th with a 24:16.1 clocking. Had an incredible run at the Big West Conference Championships where he slowly moved his way through the field to run away with second place in 24:39.1, his first time scoring in cross country. Closed out the season at the NCAA West Regional Meet where he placed 71st in 30:56.6 for his first 10k. 

2017-2018 Track 

Competed in eight meets for his first full track season in uniform. Opened up with a personal best at 3000m with a time of 8:41.12 at the Westmont/Pepperdine Tri Meet. Ran a personal best for the steeplechase at the Cal Poly/Riverside Tri Meet with a time of 9:31.75. Broke 15 minutes for the first time for 5000m at the Jim Bush Invitational with a 14:50.03 clocking. Lobbed off a huge chunk of time on his steeplechase best with a 9:16.57 at the Big West Challenge to take second overall. Finished off his season with an amazing two day double at the Big West Conference Championships, taking fourth in the steeplechase on Friday in 9:18.06 and second in the 5000m Saturday in a personal best time of 14:44.77. Coming back from the steeple, Mountcastle remained hidden within the pack throughout the duration of the race until 800 to go, closing his last two laps in 2:05 to just miss winning the title by half a second.

2017 Cross Country 

Did not compete. 

2016-2017 Track

Did not compete. 

2016 Cross Country

Competed in four meets for the Gauchos. Recorded an 8k PR of 24:51.4 at the Stanford Invite.

2015-2016 Track

Redshirt season. 

2015 Cross Country

Redshirt season.

Prep

Starred in the distance events for the Ventura HS Cougars...As a senior, Mountcastle placed 10th at the Distance Meet of Champions, finishing the 1,600m in a lifetime best 4:20.67. He advanced to the CIF-SS D2 Prelims where he ran 4:22.78. He lowered that time to 4:21.46 at the CIF-SS Finals, placing fifth in the event. Was the league champion in cross country in the three mile. 

Personal

Parents are Sara Juarez and Eric Mountcastle...Has two siblings, Nick and Tom...Majoring in Biology...Aspires to pursue a career in the Microbiology field...Enjoys drawing, hiking, and card games...Favorite band is Boston. 

Collegiate Bests

1500m - 3:55.89 (2018 40th Annual Aztec Invitational) 

3000m - 8:41.12 (2018 Westmont/Pepperdine Tri Meet) 

Steeplechase - 9:16.57 (2018 Big West Challenge) 

5000m - 14:44.77 (2018 Big West Conference Championships) 

Big West Championships 

2018 - Steeplechase, 4th, 9:18.06

2018 - 5000m, 2nd, 14:44.77

Big West Championships (Cross Country) 

2018 - 8k, 2nd, 24:39.1

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country) 

2018 - 10k, 71st, 30:56.6

Prep Bests 

1600m - 4:20.67