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Rachel Rant
Rachel  Rant

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Boise, Idaho

High School:
Boise HS

Height:
5-9

Event:
Mid-Distance

Experience:
3V

03/19/2016

Connell Sets Three Track Records at UC Irvine

The Pepperdine junior set school records in the 200 and 400 meters and was part of a relay team that set a record.

02/20/2016

Four Track Records Fall in Season's First Outdoor Meet

The Waves will run against next weekend in Riverside.

01/22/2016

Women's Track Runs at First-Ever Indoor Meet

The Waves will return to Northern Arizona for their second indoor meet on February 12-13.

01/20/2016

Track 2016 Season Outlook

The women's squad will compete in indoor track for the first time in program history.

04/04/2015

Track Competes at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

The Waves' next meet is in two weeks at the Beach Invitational.

03/29/2016

Track at UCI Spring Break Invitational (3/19/2016)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action on the second day of competition at UC Irvine.

03/04/2016

Track at Westmont (2/20/2016)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' first outdoor meet of the season against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara.

04/17/2015

Track at Ben Brown Invitational (3/14/2015)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves at Cal State Fullerton's track meet.

04/25/2013

Track at UC Irvine Invitational (3/23/2013

Stephen Wandzura's photos of the Waves in action at UC Irvine.

ACADEMIC AWARDS: WCC All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors in 2013-14 and 2015-16 and "silver" honors in 2012-13 and 2014-15 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2016 (SR): Competed at five meets ... Ran the 800 (best of 2:20.58 at Pomona-Pitzer on 4/9) and the 1,500 (best of 5:03.70 at UC Irvine on 3/19).

PEPPERDINE INDOOR TRACK 2016 (SR): Ran at one of two meets during the program's inaugural season ... Established the program record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:25.45 at Northern Arizona (1/22).

PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2015 (JR): Competed at four meets ... Had the team's second-best 800-meter time of the season, a 2:22.16 at Pomona-Pitzer. (4/4)

PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2014 (SO): Did not run track this season.

PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2013 (FR): Competed in seven of eight track meets ... Had the team's best time of the year in the 800 meters, a 2:20.00 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/13) ... That ranked her #3 on Pepperdine's all-time top five list in the 800 ... Ran the 800 at all seven meets, and the 1,500 once (a 5:05.74 at North Florida on 3/2).

PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (SR): Ran at five of the seven meets ... Finished among the team's top five runners three times, including as the #4 runner at the 6k WCC Championships (24:25.7) ... Best 5k was 18:57.4 at the Capital Cross Challenge.

PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (JR): Recovered from an injury to run in the final three meets of the season ... Had a season-best 6k of 23:43.4 at the WCC Championships ... Was Pepperdine's #5 runner at the NCAA West Regional.

PEPPERDINE XC 2013 (SO): Ran in four meets ... Ran the 6k twice (best of 22:53.2 at the Bronco Invitational) and the 5k twice (best of 18:44.5 at the Titan Invitational).

PEPPERDINE XC 2012 (FR): Was one of the team's top runners her first year ... Competed in six races and finished between #2 and #4 among the Waves at each of them ... Was Pepperdine's #3 runner at the WCC Championships ... Best 5k was 19:10.46 at the Northridge Collegiate Invitational and best 6k was 23:31.1 at the UC Riverside Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Boise (Idaho) High School in 2012 ... Ran three years of varsity track (400, 800 and 1,600 meters) and two years of cross country ... Was named the Boise High Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Boise won the 5A state cross country title in 2011 (it was ranked among the nation's top 50 programs) and was second in 2010 ... Was part of the 5A-state-winning 4x800-meter relay team as a junior ... Took fourth in the state in the 800 meters as a senior ... Earned state academic awards for both sports ... A National Merit Scholar.

PERSONAL: Born in Highland Park, Ill. ... Daughter of Richard and Carolyn Rant ... Has one sibling, Alex ... Her father played tennis at Washington ... Majoring in business administration with a minor in professional and academic writing ... Studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the spring 2014 semester ... Chose Pepperdine because "it has the ideal academic, spiritual, social and athletic aspects that I was looking for in a school."

FAVORITES: Enjoys skiing, knitting, painting, reading, hiking, biking and writing ... Lists her sports hero as Michael Jordan ... Favorites include Allyson Felix (pro athlete), Real Madrid (pro team), East of Eden (book), Peter Pan (movie), Psych (TV show), Matthew West (musical artist), pasta (food) and tennis (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "it's based on mental toughness, and I can always challenge myself and build character. I really enjoy the strategy involved, and the marked progress that is available through hard work."

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