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05/24/2012

Grady, Rydberg Qualify For NCAA Outdoor Championships In 10,000m

Eight student-athletes advance to quarterfinals in their respective events.

05/23/2012

Irish Head To Jacksonville For NCAA East Prelims

The three-day event begins on Thursday.

05/17/2012

Irish Blue And Gold Scattered Throughout NCAA East Prelims

Fifteen women and 14 men set to participate in Jacksonville.

05/03/2012

Irish Track And Field Set For BIG EAST Outdoor Championships

The three-day meet gets underway on Friday.

05/02/2012

Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.

AS A SENIOR: Ran in five meets during the cross country season ... placed 34th out of 138 runners at the 6K BIG EAST Championships in a season-best time of 21:16.8 ... earned 31st place out of 227 runners at the 6K NCAA Great Lakes Regional (21:25.2) ... also ran for the Irish at the 6K NCAA National Championships (21:40.9) ... opened season with a 14th place finish out of 272 runners at the 5K National Catholic Championships (17:55) ... rounded out preparations for conference meet with a 137th place finish out of 305 runners at the 6K Wisconsin Invitational (21:31.1) ... earned a cross country monogram ... fifth-place finisher in the 3,000 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... claimed fifth place in the 10,000 at the Stanford Invitational ... competed at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 10,000m ... finished seventh in the 5,000m run at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships (16:50.49) to earn two points for the Irish ... 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant ... named a team captain prior to the beginning of the season with Rebecca Tracy for cross country and with Maddie Buttinger for track and field ... earned a track and field monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Ran in five cross country meets ... placed ninth at the National Catholic Invitational 5K in 18:05 ... also finished 41st at the 6K Great Lakes Regional in 21:43.83 ... competed in 12 meets during the track and field season ... specialized in the distance events ... ran the 10,000 meters at the outdoor NCAA East Regionals ... finished third out of 34 runners in the 5,000m at the outdoor Gina Relays in 17:00.03 ... also earned third place out of 28 runners in the 1,500m at the outdoor Purdue Dave Rankin Invitational in a personal best 4:39.74 ... scored for the Irish in the 5,000m at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in a personal best 16:36.87 ... placed second out of 17 runners in the 3,000 at the indoor Notre Dame Invitational in 9:46.99 ... also earned second out of 10 runners in the 3,000m at the indoor Blue & Gold Invitational in 9:53.85 ... earned a monogram in both cross country and track and field.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Took to the course in six of the seven Irish cross country meets on the schedule ... garnered a fifth-place finish at the National Catholic Invitational after stopping the clock at 18:05.0 ... crossed the line in 66th at the Notre Dame Invitational after completing the circuit in 17:41 ... registered a 21:50.4 at the Pre-National Meet, finishing 74th ... crossed fifth among the Irish racers at the BIG EAST Championship, freezing the clock at 22:40 ... earned Great Lakes all-region recognition after finishing 15th overall and third among Irish racers in 21:32.40 ... improved on her NCAA finish by 25 spots from her freshman year, crossing 130th in 21:43.3 ... raced the 5,000 at both the Dave Rankin Invitational and Gina Relays ... at the Dave Rankin Invite, crossed fourth with a 17:56.95 ... finished 22nd at the Gina Relays after completing the race with a mark of 17:54.12.

AS A FRESHMAN: Impressive in her Notre Dame debut, finishing fifth in the National Catholic Championship in 18:11 while helping the Irish take home the team title ... finished 54th at the Notre Dame Invitational, completing the circuit in 17:34 ... placed 115th in the Pre- NCAA Meet (22:03) ... posted a 21:36 time to finish 34th at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship ... ran a 22:06 to finish 34th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, helping the Irish qualify for the NCAA Championship with a fourth-place finish ... posted a 21:42 at her first NCAA Championship, good for 155th ... place made her only track and field appearance of the season at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener, finishing third in the 1,600 in 5:06.85.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Seven- time letterwinner in cross country and track at Eldorado (N.M.) ... cross country city and district champion as a senior ... earned cross country all-district honors all four years and all- city and all-state honors as a junior and senior ... won back-to-back state cross country team titles ... regional and state track champion as a junior and senior ... earned track all-district and all-state honors as a freshman, junior and senior ... holds the school record in the 1,600 (5:06), 3,200 (11:12) and 1,600 relay (4:13) ... city record holder in the 1,600 relay (4:13) ... member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Senate and DECA ... born in Dallas, Texas ... daughter of Jerry and Jeannette Velarde ... youngest of three children ... sister, Rebecca, competed in cross country and track at William and Mary ... sister, Melanie, ran track and cross country at the University of New Mexico ... aunt, Sally Marquez, played basketball at New Mexico ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in psychology ... also earned a secondary degree from the College of Arts and Letters in pre-professional studies.

VELARDE'S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS

Mile (Indiana Relays) 4:58.17
3,000m (BIG EAST Indoors) 9:44.48
5,000m (Gina Relays) 17:54.12

VELARDE'S OUTDOOR BESTS

1,500m (Dave Rankin Invitational) 4:39.74
5,000m (Stanford Invitational) 16:58.77
10,000m (NCAA East Prelim. Round) 34:47.52

Rachel Velarde
Rachel  Velarde

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Albuquerque, NM

High School:
Eldorado

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
04/11/1990

Event Calendar

Delta

December 2
12 wins
Blue & Gold Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
RECAP

Blue & Gold Invitational Meet Information
Blue & Gold Invitational Schedule
January 14
11:00 AM
Illini Classic
Champaign, Ill. (University of Illinois-Armory)
January 21
11:00 AM
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Invitational Meet Information
Notre Dame Invitational Schedule
January 28
10:00 AM
Big Ten/Power 5 Clash
Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa-Recreation Bldg.)
February 3
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Meyo Invitational Meet Information
Meyo Invitational Schedule
February 4
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 10
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 10
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 10
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 18
10:00 AM
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 23
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
March 10
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 11
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 18
11:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
April 7
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 8
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 15
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville-Cardinal Park)
April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas (Baylor University-Clyde Hart T&F Stadium)
April 27
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 29
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 25
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 27
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
June 7
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 9
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 10
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)

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