Katherine Camarena
Katherine Camarena
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Juan Hills, CA
High School: San Juan Hills HS
Position: Distance
Events: Distance
Major: Psychology

2017 Cross Country

Competed in six meets for her second cross season. Took 24th at the UC Riverside Invitational with a 21:00.4 clocking. Ran 20:11.8 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational where she'd finish 40th as the No. 2 scorer. Finished 4th at the UC Riverside Invitational with a new 5k personal best of 17:23.0. Had an incredible showing at the Big West Conference Championship where she'd finish 3rd overall in a new 6k best of 20:28.8 to help the women's team capture their first Big West Conference Title since 2010. In doing so, she jumped a mind blowing 39 places from last year's Conference Meet in Hawaii where she finished 42nd. Finished up her breakout season at the NCAA West Regional Meet where she'd finish 61st with a time of 20:59.1. 

2016-2017 Track

Competed in nine competitions for her first track season as a Gaucho. Took her first collegiate win at the UCLA Legends Invite in the 800m running 2:15.10. Set her personal best in the 1500 at the Big West Challenge Cup, placing third in a time of 4:36.75. Took 4th at the Cal Poly Dual Meet in the 1500m with a time of 4:38.57 Concluded the season with a 7th place finish in a tactical affair at the Big West Conference Championship 1500m, clocking 4:40.06. 

2016 Cross Country 

Competed in five competitions for her debut season in the Gaucho uniform. Opened up at the Lagoon Meet as the No. 2 scorer for the Gauchos, finishing in 14th with a 5K time of 18:34.9. Dropped an eye opening performance in her first 6K at the UC Riverside Invitational as the No. 3 scorer by running 20:59.7 for 14th overall. Subsequent injury and sickness unfortunately plagued a good portion of her season afterwards, forcing Camarena to sit out a few key meets and record a subpar performance at the Big West Conference Championship. However, she was able to rally back in her last meet of the season as the No. 2 scorer again for the Gauchos with a solid 82nd place finish at the NCAA West Regional Meet in 21:20.9.


Graduated from San Juans Hill HS. Holds school records in both the 1600m and XC. Recorded PR's of 2:11 in the 800m, 4:56 in the 1600m, 10:56 in the 3200m, and 17:03 in the XC 3 mile. Coached by Cat Nolan and Bob Price.


Parents are Arthur and Mary Beth Camarena...Majoring in Psychology...Career goal is to become a Sports Psychologist...Favorite hobbies include eating and yoga... Has a brother named Chris.

Collegiate Bests 

800m - 2:15.10 (2017 UCLA Legends Invite) 

1500m - 4:36.75 (2017 Big West Challenge Cup) 

Big West Championships 

2017 - 1500m, 7th, 4:40.06

2017 - 5000m, 13th, 17:59.52 

Big West Cross Country

2017 - 6k, 3rd, 20:28.8

2016 - 6k, 42nd, 23:43.7

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country)

2017 - 6k, 61st, 20:59.1

2016 - 6k, 82nd, 21:20.9