Trinity signs Castillo and Adams to run track, cross-country


March 17, 2014

David Castillo and Makenna Adams have signed to run for Trinity Lutheran College. The two are the first in what looks to be a big recruiting class for the Track and Cross-Country programs. Head Coach Matt Koenigs, who also serves as the college’s athletic director, was thrilled with the signings.

 “Not only are we adding two accomplished runners, but they are a great fit for our program,” Koenigs said.

Makenna AdamsMakenna Adams, who will study psychology, has been a standout for one of the State’s best 2A cross-country programs. A four-year State cross-country competitor, she posted a 20:22 5k cross-country personal record and finished in 45th place at the State meet in 2012. Despite an injury that affected her senior season, she advanced to State in 2013 and helped her Deer Park team to a 10th place finish.

On the track, Makenna has personal records of 5:48.59 in the 1600m and 12:30.68 in the 3200m.

“I cannot wait to start working with Makenna here in the fall,” Koenigs said.

“We made a living out of finding untapped potential and helping those runners to develop over at EvCC. Makenna is that kind of a find – she has tremendous potential for improvement and she’s already running at a level that will have her making an immediate impact for us… so, yeah, we’re pretty excited,” he said.

Photo by Gary PaulsonDavid Castillo, who will also study psychology, had a breakout season in the fall. Entering his senior year, Castillo had not broken the 17-minute barrier competing at the 5-kilometer distance. He made a habit of it in 2013. He posted a personal record time of 16:34 at the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational and a 16:49 at the 4A Bi-District 1/2 Championships where he placed 48th and helped his team to an 8th place finish.

“David is a great fit for us,” said Koenigs.

“He comes from a strong Lake Stevens program that is very well coached. I’m excited because we’re going to be a stronger team with David on it – I think he’ll be a key contributor for us in the fall for the next four years and he has a lot of room to improve as well,” he said.

The two are a great start to what Koenigs hopes will be a big 2014 recruiting class.