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2007 (Track and Field): Ran in eight meets for the Crusaders as a sophomore ... earned All Mid-Continent Conference honors outdoors, finishing third in the 10,000m run ... moved into fourth place on Valpo's all-time chart in the outdoor 10K with a time of 38:08.03 at the Hillsdale Gina Relays ... finished third at the Boilermaker Invitational in the 3,000m run during the indoor campaign ... a member of the Mid-Con All-Academic team ... named to the Fall 2007 Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2006 (Cross Country): Ran six races as a junior for the Crusaders ... contributed to Valpo team score in all six races ... opened season with second career top-five finish at Crusader Invitational ... ran career-best 5K at Notre Dame Invitational, finishing race in 18:24, the eighth-best time in Valpo history over 5K ... earned Second Team All Mid-Con honors after placing 12th at the Mid-Con Championships ... named to the Mid-Con All-Academic Team ... also named to the Mid-Con Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
2005 (Cross Country): Ran six times for the Brown and Gold ... named to Mid-Con Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence ... finished fourth at season-opening 6K Crusader Invitational (23:14), second-fastest among Valpo runners ... ran fastest 5K of season at Evansville Invitational, covering course in 18:30.5 and finishing sixth ... quickest 6K of the year was at Mid-Con Championships, coming in 17th after finishing Sunset Hills Farm route in 23:11.2.
2004 (Cross Country): Competed six times as a freshman ... named team's co-Most Valuable Runner ... earned a top-20 finish in five of six races ... led all Valpo runners in first collegiate race, Crusader Invitational, with an 11th-place finish ... ran season-best 5K at Evansville Invitational, finishing 12th in 18:29.3 ... finished 15th at 6K Mid-Continent Conference Championships.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Falcons ... qualified for state championships all four seasons ... named to All-State team as a senior ... won Regional Championship in 2003 ... holds school's 5K record (18:39) ... a four-time All-Area honoree ... named team captain and team's Most Valuable Runner as junior and senior ... also earned four letters in track and field ... named to Academic All-State team in 2001 ... Vice President of Farmington's National Honor Society.
Personal: Rachael is the daughter of Richard and Julie Button ... father, Richard, ran track for the Crusaders ... major is English ... born January 31, 1986.
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