At Stanford: An NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier as a freshman.
2013 Season: Indoors - Placed 28th at the MPSF Championships in the mile, in 4:16.36 ... ran a season best mile of 4:14.23 at the UW Preview ... competed in two meets, running the mile twice and the 4x800 once.
2012 Season: Outdoors - Did not compete. Indoors - Ran a 4:14.89 mile at the Razorback Invitational.
2011 Season:Outdoors - Ran a career-best time of 3:47.96 in the 1,500 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational ... also lowered his personal best in the 5,000, running 14:43.58 at the Stanford Invitational ... placed seventh in the 1,500 at the Big Meet with a 3:54.72 ... also competed in the 3,000 at the Big Meet, placing 13th. Indoors - Ran a season-best time of 4:12.97 in the mile at the Husky Classic.
2010 Season:Outdoors - An NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier in the 1,500 after running a season-best time of 3:48.78 at the Payton Jordan Invitational ... barely missed the Pac-10 final in the 1,500 after finishing as 13th in the prelims, one spot out of qualification ... also competed in the 5,000 at the Pac-10 Championships ... placed fifth in the 1,500 and 10th in the 5,000 at the Big Meet. Indoors - Placed 11th at the MPSF Championships in the mile with a season-best time of 4:07.35.
Cross Country: A solid performer for three seasons, but still seeking a top-seven spot in the postseason.
High School: Won the California state Division I cross-country individual title in 2008 and led Dana Hills to the team crown ... also captured the CIF-Southern Section Division I and South Coast League cross country titles in 2008 ... a two-time all-state track and field selection after finishing sixth in the state meet's 1,600 in both 2008 (4;14.05) and 2009 (4:10.42) ... also finished second both seasons in the CIF-Southern Section Masters meets in the 1,600 ... high school personal bests include 1:54.33 for the 800, 4:09.95 for the 1,600 and 9:14.98 for the 3,200 ... named 2008 Orange County Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Orange County Register.
Personal: Majoring in management science and engineering ... parents are B.T. and Tammy Valdes ... twin brother, Ryan, is also on the track team ... honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic for cross country in 2010.