Daniel Castle
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    Daniel Castle

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    St. Joseph, Mo.

    High School:
    St. Joseph Christian

    JUNIOR (2007): Competed in three meets, including the Mountain West Conference championships...placed 32nd at the conference meet with a time of 26:28...was the Falcons' top finisher at the Fort Hays Invitational...picked up an 11th-place finish at that meet (26:30)...opened the season with a 31st-place time of 24:06 at the 4.25-mile Wyoming Invitational...academic all-conference selection...MWC Scholar-Athlete.

    SOPHOMORE (2006): Competed in four meets...opened the season with a time of 25:11 at Wyoming (62nd)... placed 15th at the Air Force Open (28:22)...recorded top-25 finishes at the Fort Hays Invite (27:16-22nd) and the Utah Fall Festival (27:23-25th)...MWC Scholar-Athlete.

    FRESHMAN (2005): Ran in four meets...placed 47th at the Fort Hays Invite (27:38)...clocked in at 25:15 in the 4.25-mile Wyoming Invitational (59th)...ran the Rocky Mountain Shootout in 30:10 to place 79th...also ran the Woody Greeno Invitational in 28:49...MWC Scholar-Athlete.

    TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Clocked the fifth-fastest outdoor 5000-meter time (3:45.40) in Academy history...named `Most Improved' in 2008...will serve as captain of the 2009 squad...earned three top-10 finishes at the conference meet, including a fourth-place finish in the indoor mile in 2008...two-time academic all-conference selection...received two nods as a MWC Scholar-Athlete.

    HIGH SCHOOL: St. Joseph Christian High School...two-time state champion in the 1600-meter run...recorded the second-fastest time in that event in the Missouri 1A history...class valedictorian...state winner for the Wendy's High School Heisman...St. Joseph Cotillion winner...STUCO chaplain.

    PERSONAL: Full name is Daniel Allen Castle...nickname is `Punisher'...son of Doug and Donna Castle...father is a colonel in the Army...born Feb. 20, 1987...has one older brother, Zach (25), who is a first lieutenant Army Ranger...also has one older sister, Becky (27)...majoring in English...future career plans include becoming a pilot...has served as wing operations NCO, squadron first sergeant, squadron operations NCO, element leader and squadron executive officer...prose editor for annual Academy publication, The Icarus...three-time member of the `500 Club'...hobbies include reading, writing and playing the guitar and ukulele...member of Cadet Squadron 19.

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