NORTHRIDGE - 2008
Nanci Velarde qualified for the 10,000 meters at the Big West Outdoor Championships where she finished 13th in a time of 42.55.74 ... ran a season-best 41.36:42 at the Rafer Johnson Invitational at UCLA ... also ran the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the outdoor season ... earned Big West All-Academic honors ... did not compete during the indoor season.
Velarde redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Matadors.
SAN FERNANDO HIGH SCHOOL
Competed in both track & field and cross country at San Fernando High School in San Fernando, Calif. ... competed in the 1,600 meters as well as the 3,200 meters for coach Sergio Gonzalez ... graduated in 2006 with a 3.4 grade point average.
Born November 30, 1988 in Guadalajara, Mexico ... parents are Petra and Salvador Velarde ... has three brothers, Salvador Jr., Francisco and Jose and three sisters, Blanca, Mayra and Sandra, who also competes for the Northridge track and field team ... favorites include New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, actor Brad Pitt and the movie "Crash" ... says the toughest thing about being an athlete is "waking up so early" ... major is Kinesiology.