Melanie Velarde

Melanie Velarde

Player Profile


Albuquerque, N.M.

High School:
Eldorado HS






Veteran distance runner who hasn't raced competitively since early in the 2006 indoor season primarily due to nagging injuries...redshirted the 2007 outdoor track and cross country seasons...has shown the ability to be a solid long distance threat when healthy...has a redshirt season available indoors...excels in the classroom, earning three MWC Scholar-Athlete Awards and Academic all-MWC honors five times...

2007: (cross country) Took a redshirt season after missing much of the summer with a foot injury...

2006-07: (outdoor) Redshirt season...(indoor) Raced 3 times in a pair of early season home meets...won the 5,000m at the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invite and again at the Dan DeHart Invite...the team's No. 2 5K runner with a season-best time of 18:43.34...(cross country) Continued her steady progress, scoring in all five meets and notching a top-20 finish at home in the Lobo Invite (18th)...was the team's No. 4 runner at the MWC Championships (31st)...career-best 6K time of 22:32 at Stanford...Academic All-MWC honoree...

2005-06: (outdoor) Competed three times and clocked a top 5K time of 18:19.80 at UC-San Diego...Academic All-MWC honoree and a Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Led the team in the 5,000m run, recording a time of 18:18.78 in her lone race at that distance at the MWC Championships (11th)...raced five times...top 3K time of 10:23.22...(cross country) Showed real improvement in her second season...ran with the team's top-7 in three of four meets and scored as the No. 5 runner at Stanford...season-best 6K time of 24:04.3 at the MWC Championships...Academic all-MWC honoree...

2004-05: (outdoor) Competed in three meets, running the 5K each time...Academic All-MWC honoree and a Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Raced four times in her collegiate track debut...ran three 3Ks and ran a 5K at the MWC meet...(cross country) Finished ninth on the team in her lone meet appearance at NMSU...Academic All-MWC honoree...


A 2004 graduate of Albuquerque Eldorado High School...four-year letterwinner in cross country and track...two-time all-state honoree in cross country and an all-state runner on the track from 2002-04...5A 3,200-meter champion as a junior...also captured the district title in the event that year...was slowed by a stress fracture in her left foot her senior year...helped Eldorado finish in the top-3 at the state cross country meet from 2000-03 and win state titles in 2001 and 2002...the Eagles were the state runners-up in 2004...placed 13th at the 2003 New Mexico Junior Olympic cross country meet...outstanding student, graduating with GPA over 4.00...


Born on Sept. 23, 1985 in Dallas, Texas...age is 22...full name is Melanie Elizabeth Velarde...daughter of Gerald and Jeannette Velarde...has two sisters, Rebecca (22) and Rachel (16), an Eldorado HS senior who is one of the top prep distance runners in the state of New Mexico...aunt Sally Marquez-Reilly was a five-year member of the UNM women's basketball team from 1979-83, earning all-conference honors in 1983...major is Biology with a pre-med emphasis.