Daniel Mountcastle
Daniel Mountcastle
Year: RS Junior
Hometown: Ventura, CA
High School: Ventura HS

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 4 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...UCSB major is 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