NORTHRIDGE - 2008
Sandra Velarde qualified for the 10,000 meters at the Big West Outdoor Championships where she finished 14th in a time of 44:43.35 ... ran a season-best 41.36:39 at the Rafer Johnson Invitational at UCLA ... ran a lifetime-best 5:05.12 in the 1,500 meters at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine ... also ran the 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the outdoor season ... earned Big West All-Academic honors ... did not compete during the indoor season.
Velarde finished ninth in the prelims of the 1,500 meters (5:21.51) at the Big West Outdoor Championships ... also ran season-bests of 2:36.55 in the 800 meters and 11:11.79 in the 3,000 meters during the outdoor season ... posted indoor personal-bests of 6:01.86 in the mile and 11:52.49 in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Indoor Classic ... was named to the Big West Spring All-Academic Team.
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Matadors in 2006.
SAN FERNANDO HIGH SCHOOL
Competed in both cross country and track at San Fernando High School in San Fernando, Calif. ... won the Valley Mission League cross country title as a senior in 2005 ... was named cross country team MVP as a junior in 2004 ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.3 grade point average.
Born June 2, 1987 in Guadalajara, Mexico ... parents are Petra and Salvador Velarde ... has three brothers, Salvador Jr., Francisco and Jose and three sisters, Blanca, Mayra and Nanci, who also competes for the Northridge track and field team ... favorites include the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and the movie "A Walk To Remember" ... says the best thing about being an athlete is staying in shape and being competitive ... says the toughest thing is having the responsibility to wake up early for practice ... major is Spanish.