Fresno State: Enters the season as the No. 2 runner. (1999) Finished 14th and second among Bulldog runners with a season-best time of 26:16 at the WAC Championships … recorded a time of 33:12, second best on the team, at the NCAA Region 9 Championships in Portland, Ore. … took seventh with a time of 26:56 at the San Francisco State Invitational.
High School: Was a three-year letter winner in cross country and a three-year letter winner in track … was named school Athlete of the Year in ’99 … was track captain in ’99 and cross country captain in ‘99 and ’99 … best time of 16:04 in the 5000 meters was recorded at Woodward Park.
Personal: Born Nov. 18, 1981, in Michoacan, Mexico … parents are Abel and Genoveva Vaca … has two brothers, Abel and Jose, and three sisters, Josefina, Guadalupe and Norma … enjoys running, fishing, soccer and horseback riding … was the vice president and treasurer for the Spanish club in high school … favorite athlete is Steve Prefontaine.