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Liga Velvere
Position: Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: Saldus, Latvia
High School: Latvian Academy of Sport Education
Experience: Transfer

2012 Outdoor: Velvere had a promising start to her season, but suffered a knee injury late in the season … ran a WAC-leading 2:09.78 in the 800m at the Stanford Invitational on April 7 to finish 24th overall … posted a season-best 1:00.35 in a runner-up finish in the 400m hurdles at the Mondo Mid-Major challenge, which was the WAC’s second-fastest time on the year … clipped a hurdle and injured her knee at the Duane Hartman Invitational on April 28 … Spring WAC All-Academic honoree.

2012 Indoor: Velvere won a pair of WAC titles for Idaho as a junior … claimed the individual title in the 800m with a time of 2:09.05 at the WAC Indoor Championships … ran the second leg of Idaho’s first-place and WAC Championship meet-record-setting distance medley relay that posted a time of 11:41.67 … ran the anchor leg of Idaho’s third-place 4x400m relay to earn Second-Team All-WAC honors … broke the Idaho school record in the 800m at the Vandal Indoor on Feb. 3 with a winning time of 2:07.63 … won the 800m at the Vandal Collegiate on Feb. 18 with a time of 2:08.46 … won the 400m in her season opener at the WSU Open on Jan. 14 with a converted time of 55.53 … Winter WAC All-Academic honoree.

2011 Outdoor: Velvere claimed her first career WAC outdoor title and made four entries into the Idaho record book as a sophomore … won the 400m hurdles with a 58.81 at the WAC Championships … ran the anchor leg of Idaho’s third-place 4x400m relay that ran a 3:44.82, the third-fastest in Idaho history … moved into second all-time at Idaho in the 400m hurdles with a 58.61 at the Mt. SAC Relays on Apr. 15, then jumped to second at Idaho in the 400m with a 55.47 on Apr. 23 at the Cougar Invitational … ran a career-best 2:08.75 in the 800m at the Mt. SAC Relays on Apr. 14 to move into fourth all-time at Idaho in the event … became the first Vandal NCAA qualifier in the women’s 400m hurdles and ran a 1:00.55 in the opening round to finish 25th at the NCAA West Preliminary … won the 400m hurdles at the Sam Adams Classic (1:01.32), WAR IV dual (59.30), Payton Jordan Invitational (59.60) and Oregon Twilight (59.89) … her 1:01.32 at the Sam Adams Classic broke the facility record at Whitworth’s Boppell Track … earned Verizon WAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honor on Apr. 12 … WAC Spring All-Academic honoree.

2011 Indoor: Velvere had a standout first year for Idaho as a sophomore ... was Idaho's top scorer at the WAC Indoor Championships with 13.25 points ... won one individual WAC title and helped Idaho's distance medley relay claim another ... won the WAC 800m title with a 2:10.70 and ran the anchor leg of the WAC-champion DMR that posted an 11:48.25 ... also ran the anchor leg of the team's sixth-place 4x400m relay ... broke Idaho's school record in the 400m at the WSU Open II with a converted time of 55.46 ... ran a career-best 2:09.95 in the 800m at the Husky Last Chance Meet on Mar. 6.

Personal: She is the daughter of Aigars and Alda Velvere ... has one sister, Agra, and one brother, Atis ... attended Latvian Academy of Sport Education before coming to Idaho ... majoring in General Studies at Idaho

Indoor Career Bests
200m: 25.28
400m: 55.46
800m: 2:07.63

Outdoor Career Bests
200m: 25.66
400m: 55.47
800m: 2:08.75
400m Hurdles: 58.61

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