Women's Athlete of the Week
Comets' Velasquez named Women's Athlete of the Week
MAY 20, 2014 - Palomar College track & field distance runner Aholibama Velasquez has been selected as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's final Women's Athlete of the Week of the 2013-14 academic year.
Velasquez, a freshman from Valley Center High School, ran an 18:05.97 to finish second in the 5,000 –meter run at the CCCAA State Championships at Mt. San Antonio College's Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
Velasquez was the first Southern California finisher in the race, which was won by Yesenia Silva from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, who ran 17:57.91. Velasquez defeated third-place finisher Daisy Esparza of Fullerton. Elizabeth Nelson of Glendale, the Southern California champion, was fourth.
Velasquez was the highest-finishing female state-meet finisher from the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in any event.
Honorable mention went to two other track & field athletes, Dana Hosley of Cuyamaca and Paula Aleman from Southwestern.
Hosley, a sophomore from Helix Charter High School who played basketball at Grossmont College, finished third in the discus with a throw of 136 feet, 3 inches. She finished only two inches behind the second-place finisher, Moreen Pahulu from College of San Mateo, who got out 136 feet, 5 inches.
Aleman, a sophomore from Sweetwater High School, ran a 1:02.00 as she placed third in the 400-meter hurdles.