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.
Special sports accomplishments: Senior year of track I made it to regionals in the 800m. This was a big change for me considering I had never made it past conference the previous years. In 2009, my High School Cross Country team made it to State. This was a first in Brownsburg High School Cross Country history.
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.
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.
Who would you most like to meet: I'd like to meet God, the person who enables me to get up everyday and run and grow as a disciple of his word.
What do you like to do outside of your sport: Outside running Cross Country and Track, I enjoy swimming, biking, and hanging out with friends. I hope someday triathlons will become my sport, but until then I'll stick with running!