Track & Field


AS A FRESHMAN (Cross Country): 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).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Seven-time letterwinner in cross country and track at Eldorado ... was the 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-toback- 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 1600 meters (5:06), 3200 meters (11:12) and 1600-meter relay (4:13) ... city record holder in the 1600-meter relay (4:13) ... member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Senate and DECA ... born April 11, 1990 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 ... enrolled in First Year of Studies.

Rachel Velarde
Rachel  Velarde


Albuquerque, NM

High School:
Eldorado H.S.



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