Rachel Weathered posts strong efforts in 1,500, 800, 4x400 relay
2013: Ran in five meets ... Posted a season-best 5K time of 18:23.0 at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational, placing fourth for the Wildcats and 14th in the field (Oct. 12) ... Finished first for the Wildcats and tenth overall at the UW-Parkside Midwest Opener, recording a 5K time of 18:38.6 (Sep. 14) ... Ran in two 6K events: the Big Ten Championships (23:21.0) and the Wisconsin Invite (22:18) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012: Competed in five events as a freshman ... Significantly lowered her 5K time as the season progressed, debuting at the Huskie Open in 19:30 before closing the year with a season-best 18:38 at the Northern Illinois Invite in November ... Ran a pair of 6K competitions, notching a time of 22:35 at the Bradley Classic.
High School: Ran three seasons of varsity cross country at Naperville North, missing her sophomore year due to injury ... Team captain in cross country and track ... Helped her cross country squad to a place third in the state of Illinois in 2011, taking 52nd overall in the state meet ... Team also was regional and sectional champion in 2011 ... Twice named team MVP in track and field ... Member of four school-record-setting relay teams (4x400 indoor and outdoor, 4x800 indoor and outdoor) ... Season-best outdoor times were 5:05 in the 1,600 and 2:16 in the 800; personal-best indoor times included 5:10 1,600-meter and 2:20 800-meter ... Academic All-Conference in both cross country and track ... National Honor Society member and Illinois State Scholar.
Personal: Born Rachel Kate Weathered ... Daughter of Brian and Karyn Weathered ... Chose Northwestern over Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue ... Plans to major in biomedical engineering.