Saira Gonzalez
Saira Gonzalez
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
High School: Hanna High School
Position: Distance

2013 CROSS COUNTRY (FRESHMAN): Ran in five events during the season … Finished 2nd at the Rio Grande Valley Classic in the 8 mile event with partner Jasmine Boutte … Placed 28th at the Incarnate word Invitational in the 6k with a time of 24:40.18 … Finished 54th at the Southland Conference Championships in the 6k with a time of 24:08.3.

HIGH SCHOOL: Ran for Olaya Teran at Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas … helped her team to district championship in the 2012 cross country season … had times of 5:23 in the 1600-meter and 11:38 in the 3200-meter during her senior season … twice was named to the All-Valley Second Team and once on the All-Valley Honorable Mention Team … qualified for regionals in track all four years, while making it to regionals in cross country three times … district champion in the 1600-meter in 2013 … holds the school record in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:23 … finished in the top six percent in her class.

PERSONAL: Born Saira Gonzales on March 4, 1995 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico … parents are Norberto and Saira Edith Gonzalez … has one younger sibling.