Costa Rican Juan Diego Castro has the best record in the 800 meters in the Division 1 of the NCAA. The athlete competes for Oklahoma State University against athletes from over 1,281 institutions.
In his very first season as a college athlete, he managed to become one of the most outstanding competitors in the United States. He is the best first-time university student in Division 1 of the National University Sports Association. It was stated on the Costa Rica Runs Facebook page that this is the first time a Tico athlete has achieved such a distinction.
He won this triumph on April 13 with a time of 1:49:58 at the John McDonnell Invitational tournament in Arkansas, an outdoor event. He is also seventh in the indoor mode, despite never competed in that before.
Castro said, “It really makes me very happy to see my name there.” He has worked hard to get to this level and made sacrifices like leaving his country and adapting to a new lifestyle.
He is preparing to compete in the North and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Under-23 Tournament for Costa Rica, the Central American Major Championship, the Pan American Junior Athletics and the Pan American Games.