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Rachel Rant
Rachel  Rant


Boise, Idaho

High School:
Boise HS




Engel Leads Cross Country at WCC Championships

Pepperdine will next run at the NCAA West Regional on November 13.


Cross Country Racks Up WCC All-Academic Honors

Eighteen student-athletes received recognition this season.


Cross Country Teams Run Well in Sacramento

Pepperdine's final meet before the WCC Championships is October 17 in Riverside.


Men's Cross Country Wins Aztec Invitational

The Pepperdine men are undefeated after two meets this season.


Cross Country 2015 Season Preview

A veteran group of Waves will look to outperform expectations in the West Coast Conference.


2015 WCC Cross Country Championships

Photos by Kyle Terada of the WCC and by Steve Froebe of the Waves at the Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash.


Cross Country Hosts WCC Championships (11/2/2013)

Photos of the Waves' runners in action in Alumni Park in Malibu at the conference meet.


WCC XC Championships (10/27/2012)

West Coast Conference-provided photos from the 2012 WCC Championships in Portland.

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

PEPPERDINE XC 2015: Ran at five of the seven meets as a senior ... 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: Recovered from an injury to run in the final three meets of her junior 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: Ran in four meets as a sophomore ... 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: Was one of the team's top runners as a freshman ... 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.

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

PEPPERDINE TRACK 2014: Did not run track as a sophomore.

PEPPERDINE TRACK 2013: Competed in seven of eight track meets as a freshman ... Had the team's best time of the year in the 800 meters, a 2:20.00 at Pomona-Pitzer (4/13) ... That ranks 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).

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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