2016-17 (JUNIOR): Paced CSUB in all four races…Finished season leading CSUB in ten consecutive races, second in CSUB Division I history (11, LaShya Morgan)…Placed Top 10 at Pepperdine 4k with time of 16:00.4…Broke CSUB Division I 6k record with time of 22:19.6 in third-place finish…Earned CSUB’s first-ever WAC cross country Athlete of the Week honors after breaking 6k record…Lowered 5k PR to 18:40.4 (fourth in CSUB D1 history) in 11th-place finish at WAC Championships, earning CSUB’s first-ever cross country All-Conference honors...Reset own CSUB 6k record at NCAA Division I West Regionals with time of 21:50.1, improving CSUB’s best-ever Regionals finish by 16 places to 118th.
2015-16 (SOPHOMORE): Broke out in cross country season, leading the team in all six races…Reset the CSUB 4.2k record at Fresno State’s meet with a time of 15:54…Lowered PR at Mustang Challenge 5k (19:10.5) and broke into CSUB 5k Top 10 list…Ranked fifth in CSUB Division I history for the 6k after time of 23:20.8 at the Pomona-Pitzer meet…Reset 5k personal best to 18:51.1 at WAC Championships, finishing 27th overall, the first time a ‘Runner has placed lower than 30th since joining the conference…Time was also good enough to rank her sixth in Division I history for the ‘Runners…TRACK: Competed in 1500m once and 3000m three times… Posted personal best time of 5:03.94 in 1500m at Pomona-Pitzer Invite and 10:34.04 in 3000m at Fresno State Invitational. Placed first at Cal Poly Invite with new personal best of 18:37.99 in 5000m…Finished season with Academic All-WAC honors and an 11th-place finish in the WAC Outdoors 10000m (39:02.83).
2014-15 (FRESHMAN): Was a standout performer for the cross country team, finished second or third for the ‘Runners at every meet…Posted a time of 21:10.2 in a 75th-place finish in her first collegiate race at the Mark Covert Classic 5k…Shattered her previous collegiate-best with a 19:56.5 time at the Mustang Challenge 5k where she finished 64th…Registered a time of 24:07.9 in the Pomona-Pitzer 6k…Finished season with a 38th-place finish in the WAC Championships 5k (19:58.0)…TRACK: Competed in 1500m twice and 3000m five times…Posted personal best time of 5:12.58 in 1500m at Pomona-Pitzer Invite…Lowered previous personal best by 18 seconds to 10:56.93 in 3000m at Bulldog Invitational…Finished seventh at Cal Poly Invite with new personal best of 10:46.95 in 3000m…Time was good enough for 15th all-time in CSUB history in the event.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of East High School…Coached by Richard Villalovos…Was honored with numerous awards during high school career including Bakersfield Jockey Club Award for cross country in 2011 and 2013, team MVP in 2013, cross country All-League in 2013 and 2014, and Outstanding Female Athlete in 2014…Graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.37 and received the Martha Ortiz Memorial Scholarship…Also played soccer for the Blades where she earned 2nd Team All-League in 2013.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 16, 1995…Daughter of Juan and Diana Valdez...A mathematics major who wants to become a teacher after her time at CSUB…Plays clarinet, cello, trumpet, and piano…Several relatives competed in collegiate sports including mother, Diana Valdez (Chavez), who ran cross country and track for Santa Ana College and Bakersfield College in the 80s.