Legacy senior blazing trails with wins and as a leader

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With multiple meet championships under her belt this season, Legacy senior Maria Castillo has emerged as one of the stronger distance runners in the area this season.

Coach Lacy Beckler said she has been impressed with Castillo's effort this season and said she will be a big part of any success the Broncos girls cross country team has.

“Her work ethic is unmatched,” Beckler said. “She does multiple sports; she’s a swimmer, a gymnast and a cross country athlete, so she’s doing all of that at the same time and then most of the time we go out for runs for practice, she runs with the boys.

“She’s just a very, very hard worker and she’s persistent and she wants her teammates to be the same way so she holds them accountable. My girls teams have only lost one meet this year, and she’s won every meet individually.”

Castillo said she embraces the leadership role on her team and said she thinks its important to remember what makes a team successful.

“Basically, I just want to show people that it’s not necessarily about winning medals but about working hard in practice,” Castillo said.

The Legacy senior said she feels good about this year's squad and said she thinks her team is capable of achieving great things.

“We have some very good talent, and I’m afraid they’re going to catch up to me and pass me right up,” Castillo said, laughing. “But as long as we keep working, I’m sure I can try my best and see what happens. It’s a lovely team. It’s the best one we’ve ever had, to be honest.

Castillo is hoping to attend the University of Texas at Austin on a cross country scholarship or the University of Oregon on a gymnastics scholarship next school year.

Beckler said she has relied heavily on Castillo this year for leadership and said she will continue to do so as the postseason meets approach.

“She’s a very encouraging person,” Beckler said. “She’ll take the girls aside and talk to them about things after she sees that there’s a need. But a lot of it, the leadership that she provides is just her actions. Making sure she’s on time, she pushes every day, and you know she’s very loyal to me and my program, and you know that in itself means a lot to the girls to just hold them to a high expectation.”

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