Rachel Smith is from Brownsburg, IN and a graduate of Brownsburg High School.Her parents are Michael Smith and Crystal Lynn.
The junior is a Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology major at Hanover.
Person who pushes you or makes you better: Again, my dad is the person who pushes me and helps me better myself in all aspects of life, especially running. In high school my dad would come to all of my races, he would talk to me before and give me splits, and he would stand out on the course and cheer for me at what felt like every corner. My dad has always been there for me, teaching me the secrets of running, helping me mature as a runner/athlete and as a person, and always believing in my abilities.
Famous relatives: The most famous relative would probably be my dad. I feel like everywhere we go someone's tapping him on the shoulder and talking to him.
Your guilty pleasure: Chocolate and peanut butter. I'm sure the amount of both of those I consume is probably not healthy...at all.
What did you want to be growing up: I always wanted to be a veterinarian growing up, my love for animals, especially horses, has always been great.
Road trip stories: A few years ago my family and I went on a vacation out West. We packed a tent and enough things to practically live out of our car, or Expedition that is. Early one morning while driving my step-mom made a joke and referenced how cool it would be to see a buffalo right in front of us. We were told we would probably never see one up close, but that was wrong. Later that day when we were driving through Yellowstone National Park a whole line of cars were stopped in the road. People had video cameras out their car windows and were slowly creeping along. When we got close enough we could finally tell what everyone was looking at. There was a buffalo swimming across a river beside the road. My family and I watched the buffalo swim across the river and climb up and out. We watched in amazement at the size and strength of the buffalo. It was what happened next that left us speechless. The buffalo then proceeded to climb up the practically vertical embankment onto the road...feet in front of our vehicle. We sat there, video camera out the window, recording the buffalo right before our eyes. The buffalo stood there, catching it's breath and then wandered across the road to the forest on the other side. This had to be one of the best encounters with such a powerful animal.