Araceli Zainos
Araceli Zainos
Height: 5-4
Year: Junior
Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
High School: Reseda HS
Previous College: Vanguard
Position: Distance

Araceli Zainos qualified for the 5,000 meters at the Big West Championships ... finished 30th in a time of 18:42.75 ... season-best was 18:29.66 at the Asics/Steve Scott Invitational where she placed 19th ... also posted season-bests of 5:00.75 in the 1,500 meters, 10:49.09 in the 3,000 and 39:28.06 in the 10,000 meters ... redshirted the indoor season ... finished 55th at the Big?West Cross Country Championships during the fall ... ran a time of 22:50.7 on the UC?Riverside Farm Course ... placed a season-best 35th (22:39.3)?at the 6k Northridge Invitational.

Zainos spent one season (2009-10) at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif. ... competed in both track and cross country for the Lions ... ran the 10,000 meters, 3,000 meters and 400 meters on the track and the 6k for the cross country squad ... top time in the 6k was 24:08.

Competed in both track and cross country at Reseda High School in Reseda, Calif. ... earned the CIF Track & Field award as a senior in 2009 ... also earned the Track & Field Scholar Athlete award in the LAUSD in 2008 ... the Regents won league cross country championships in 2007 and 2008 ... graduated in 2009 with a 3.5 grade point average.

Born April 20, 1991 in Mexico ... parents are Rosalia Zavala and Gilberto Zainos ... has two sisters, Maria and Leticia and one brother, Daniel ... favorites include the TV show "Deal Or No Deal", tacos, salads and the music of Sin Bandera ... favorite website is Facebook ... enjoys watching movies with her family in her spare time ... says the name of her autobiography would be "Anything is Possible" ... major is Spanish.