Cougars head into last competition before C-USA Championships
2008 All-Conference USA Third-Team
SENIOR (2012) Ran unattached in two races.
JUNIOR (2010) Johnny Morriss Invitational (3200m) - 11:42.22 - 11th Rice Invitational (4100m) - 15:35 - 14th LSU Cross Country Invitational (8K) - 21:26.05 - 7th Disney Cross Country Classic (5K) - 19:20 - 51st Arkansas Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival (5K) - 18:31.55 - 119th Conference USA Championship's (5K Run) - 18:17 - 39th
SOPHOMORE (2009) OUTDOOR TRACK...Redshirted the 2009-10 outdoor season...INDOOR TRACK...Redshirted the 2009-10 season...CROSS COUNTRY...Claimed her second career individual title at the Johnny Morriss Invitational with a time of 12:11 to help the Cougars claim the event title ... Competed in every event, placing in the top 25 four times ... Helped Houston win its second title of the season at the LSU Tiger Cross Country Festival, running a time of 19:47.05 - good for 10th place ... Posted a 19:20 in the Notre Dame Invitational 5K race ... Placed 17th at the 6K Sam Bell Invitational with a time of 22:50.26 ... Finished second on the team at the C-USA Championship with a time of 19:27.7 - good for 25th place ... Placed 36th at the NCAA South Central Regional with a time of 22:30.7 to help Houston finish in seventh place. FRESHMAN (2008) Finished second in the Johnny Morriss Invitational with a time of 11:55 to help the women finish in first-place ... Finished sixth in the 5K at the Ricardo Romo UTSA Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic with a time of 19:27 ... Helped the women to a first-place victory with her fifth-place finish in the 6K with a time of 22:28.44 at the LSU Cross Country Invitational ... Finished 30th of 353 participants at the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic with a time of 18:47.10 ... Won the Sam Houston Invitational with a time of 14:23.80 in the 4K race ... Finished 21st at the Conference USA Championships receiving All-Conference USA Third Team honors ... Finished in the 50 spot at the South Central Regional with a time of 22:40.70 in the 6K race.
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.