Nicole Benton and Simon Stewart claim second place finishes
2012-13 (Reshirt Senior) Indoor:Ran a season best (10:32.86) in the 3000-meter run to place 11th at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational...Clocked in at 5:23.76 in the mile at the Texas A&M Invitational...Competed in the 5000-meter run at the Conference USA Indoor Championships.
2011-12 (Senior) Indoor: Placed sixth in the 5000m with a season best of 18:38.54 at the 2012 Adidas Classic... Ran a season best of 10:35.90 in the 3000m at the Texas A&M Invitational to place 18th... Ran a 10:45.68 in the 3000m at the Conference USA Championships.
Outdoor: Competed in seven meets for the Cougars...Placed ninth in the 5000m with a time of 18:58.40 at the 2012 Texas State Bobcat Classic...Ran a season best of 4:52.90 in the 1500m to place 18th at the Conference USA Championships.
2010-11 (Redshirt Junior) Indoor: Ran two meets for the Cougars...Placed eighth in the 5000-m with a time of 18:24.77 at the Adidas Classic.
2009-10 (Junior):Redshirted both indoor and outdoor season.
2008-09 (Sophomore) Indoor:
2007-08 (Freshman) Indoor: Took ninth in the mile with a time of 5:36.29 and finished fifth in the 3,000m (10:45.35) at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational ... Ran an 18:28.11 5,000m race at the Leonard Hilton Memorial to finish in ninth place ... Set a PR in the 3,000m race at the C-USA Championships with a time of 10:24.49 ... Finished in 17th place in the 5,000m race at the championships with a time of 18:31.07 ... At the Texas A&M Invitational, ran 10:25.92 in the 3,000m ... Ran 17:58.54, the fifth best time in indoor school history, at the New York New Balance Invitational to finish in 11th place.
Outdoor: Notched two top-10 finishes in the 1,500m, placing eighth at the TSU Relays (4:54.35) and tenth at the Texas Invitational (4:57.98) ... Competed at the J. Fred Duckett Rice Twilight in the 1,500m, finishing in 12th place with a time of 4:55.75 ... Finished in the top 20 five times in the 5,000m with the highest placement of 13th at the Texas Relays (18:22.88) and the USATF Championships (18:35.30) ... Ran only 800m race at the Victor Lopez/ Rice Bayou Classic, finishing in 22nd place with a time of 2:33.54 ... Competed in the 10,000m run at the C-USA Championships, finishing in ninth place with a time of 38:31.53.
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from PSJA North High School in Pharr, Texas ... Coached by Yesenia Cuellar and Monica Valle ... Four-time State Finalist in cross country ... Member of the Region IV Team Champions ... 2007 All-Region ... Team went to four District Team Championships ... Two-time District Champion in 3,200-meter ... District Champion in 1,600-meter ... Regional qualifier and state finalist in 3,200-meter ... Member of NHS, where she served as a secretary ... Junior and Senior class officer ... Member of UIL Science, Cheerleading, DAP and Pharr Rotary Student of the month (Jan.) ... Graduated eighth in her class. PERSONAL Born on Jan. 2, 1990 in McAllen, Texas ... Full name is Starla Marie Garcia ... Daughter of Ed and Odilia Garcia ... Chose Houston because of its athletic and academic programs ... Also recruited by HBU, Incarnate Word, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTPA and Texas A&M ... Hobbies include watching movies, cooking, reading and painting ... Nickname is Star ... Volunteers at Edinburg Regional Hospital as well as San Juan Nursing Home ... Majoring in nutrition.