2007 (Cross Country): Ran in six races, contributing to Valpo's team score on five occasions ... named team's Most Improved Runner ... kicked off season as fourth Crusader across the line at Crusader Invitational, coming home in 50th place with a time of 22:24 ... ran sub-21 minutes in the 5K twice on the year, including a career-best 20:09.47 at the Evansville Invitational ... ran for the Crusaders at the Horizon League Championships ... contributed to Valpo's team score by finishing fifth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll for both the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters.

2006 (Cross Country): Competed four times for the Crusaders as a freshman ... started season with 55th place finish at Crusader Invitational, completing the 4K Sunset Hills Farm course in 18:21 ... ran season-best 5K time of 22:18 in the open race at the Notre Dame Invitational ... covered 6K in 26:54 in the open race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals ... named to the Mid-Con All-Academic Team.

Prep: A two-year letterwinner for the Dreadnaughts ... led team to Southeastern Conference Championships in 2004 and 2005 ... helped team to third place finish at Michigan Division Two state meet as a junior and seventh place finish as a senior ... a Conference Scholar Athlete in 2005 ... named team's Most Improved Runner in 2004 ... a member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Rachel is the daughter of Steven and Debra Howell ... major is mechanical engineering ... named to Valpo's Dean's List ... earned Presidential Academic Honors in 2008 ... born March 2, 1988.