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.