The Boilermakers broke one program record and one freshman record Friday
Every race has special meaning for B1G Athlete of the Week Samara Miller
The Boilermakers wrapped up the home slate Saturday at Lambert Fieldhouse
400-meter dash 55.78 600-meter run 1:34.23
Competed in 12 varsity events (six indoor, six outdoor), including the Big Ten Outdoor Championships; posted a personal record in the 400-meter dash at the outdoor conference meet, crossing the line in 55.78; notched a season best time in the 600-meter run at the Indiana Invitational, finishing in 1:34.31.
Recorded some of the Boilermakers' top times in the mid-distances; finished the 500-meter run in 1:15.78 at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational; clocked a season and career best time of 1:34.23 in the 600-meter run at the inaugural Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Indiana.
Ran on the school-record setting outdoor distance medley relay squad, which finished ninth in the Championship of America race at the Penn Relays with a time of 11:26.60; the team broke a record which had been standing for 24 years; posted a season-best time of 1:03.14 in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2007 Dave Rankin Invitational; recorded a pentathlon total of 3,433 points at the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Graduated from Kewanee H.S. in 2006; named the Kewanee H.S. Athlete of the Year in junior and senior year; four-year varsity track and field most valuable player, leading team to a 2006 Class A third-place finish; earned medals in four events at the state championships meet as a senior: 1st-400, 2nd-long jump, 2nd-800 medley and 3rd 100 hurdles; as a junior, took second in state in the 800 medley, sixth in the 400 and seventh in the long jump; placed eighth at state in the long jump as a freshman; three-year most valuable player on varsity volleyball and basketball teams.
Rachel Lynn Stalzer was born March 12, 1988, in Peoria, Ill.; is the daughter of Bill and Joy Stalzer; has one sister, Lindsay, and one brother, Nicholas; enjoys reading, boating and shopping; majoring in computer graphic technology.