Women's Cross Country

Yvette Tavarez
Yvette Tavarez
Year: So.
High School: Soledad

Freshman Year: Despite a slow start to her first cross country season, Yvette played an instrumental role in a third consecutive Coast Conference team title. She was the highest placing freshmen in eighth and she will be second fastest retuner this fall. Yvette placed 33rd at the Northern California Championship helping the Lady Panthers to a third place team trophy.

Prior to Hartnell: Yvette comes from a relatively new program at Soledad High School and worked her way up from student manager to a state meet qualifier in cross country. In just two years of running, Yvette lowered her personal best at Toro Park to 20:12 and 19:42 at Crystal Springs. She became the school's first female runner to compete in the state championship where she just missed breaking 20:00 in the D4 championship race.

On the track, Yvette's physical strength is even more evident as she ran 5:30 for 1600 meters. As a senior, she made the CCS Semi-Finals in the 1600 meters where she placed 29th overall.

"Yvette's first year was filled with a large amount of learning of not only what it takes to stay healthy in a highly competitive program but also what it takes to excel at the community college level. She had some positive races in the fall and even more in the spring. Yvette has great range from 800m though 10,000m and I feel she's just a few months away from a huge breakout. Already this summer she's light years ahead of where her fitness and health was coming in. I'm very excited for her second season as a Lady Panther."