AMES, Iowa – More than two weeks have passed and it still hasn’t hit them as three of the six Iowa State football players relived every detail of their life-saving Spring Break trip.
Eight players affiliated with the Iowa State Walk-On Players Association loaded into one van with South Padre, Texas, in their sight. It was the typical Spring Break: sun, beaches, and an epic tug-of-war match.
However, on their final night, 22-year-old Luisa Marie Castro drove her car into the Laguna Madre Bay. The image of Castros’ car disappearing slowly is etched into Anthony Lazard’s mind.
“Replaying it all in your head it just didn’t seem real,” Lazard.
The Cyclone walk-ons didn’t know Castro, and they didn’t care.
“It felt like an hour-long process,” said Josh Jahlas.
According to police, it actually only took 60 seconds for Castros car to completely sink into the dark water. Three Iowa State players helped break the windshield and pull Castro to safety.
“It was happening so fast that we didn’t realize how fast it was sinking. By the time we got her back to the canal you couldn’t see the car,” said Jack Spreen.
In a matter of five minutes, the walk-ons from Iowa State turned into Spring Break heroes.
“It makes you appreciate being out (at football practice), going through the grind and doing all of the hard stuff that we have to,” said Jahlas. “She must have had someone looking out for her.”