2007 - Senior: Finished with a time of 22:32 at the NCAA Championships as the Illini raced to a sixth-place finish ... Ran seventh for Illini at the Midwest Regional Meet with a time of 21:31 ... Finished 29th overall and fifth for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships, running an even 21:00 6K ... Ran a time of 21:17 at Pre-Nationals, coming in fifth for the Illini and 53rd overall ... Clocked a 5K personal-best time of 17:31 at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing third for Illinois and 25th overall.
2006 - Junior: Finished first at the Illini Challenge with a time of 18:02 ... Ran a 5K personal-best time of 17:52 at the Notre Dame Invite ... Finished sixth for the Illini at Pre-Nationals with a 21:42 ... Finished fourth for the team at the Big Ten Championships with a 22:35 ... Was the team's seventh-place finisher at the NCAA Regional meet, clocking 22:00, helping the Illini earn its first Regional title ... Competed at the NCAA Championships, crossing the finish line as the seventh Illini in a time of 22:56.
2005 - Sophomore:Set a new 6K personal best with her time of 21:14 at the NCAA Championships . . . Placed third at the Illini Challenge with a time of 18:09.14 . . . Posted a 46th place finish and a new personal 5k best at the Notre Dame Invite with 17:49 . . . Finished sixth for the Illini at Pre-Nationals with a time of 21.37.1 . . . Finished in 22:17.74 at the Big Ten Championships . . . Crossed the line with 22:08 at Regionals, taking 28th.
2004 - Freshman:Was a consistent scorer for the Illini throughout the season ... Ran 22:17 and was the Illini's fourth scorer at the Big Ten Championships in the 6K ... Ran in the NCAA Championship, posting a time of 22:37 ... Was Illinois' third scorer at the regional meet, taking 25th in 21:27 ... Had two top-10 finishes, running seventh with a time of 18:11.15 at the Saluki Invitationall and fifth at the Illini Pack-It-Up Challenge with a time of 19:09 ... Posted a time of 15:49 at the Redbird Classic.
Was the first girl in school history to qualify for the state meet in cross country and track... School record holder in the 1600m (5:18.19)... Finished 50th in state... State qualifier in 800m (2:17.09)... Cross country conference champion sophomore, junior and senior season... Earned four varsity letters in cross country, track and field and basketball... High school coaches were Sara Madougal and Kim Miltz.
Full name Rachel Hernandez... Daughter of Rene and Olga Hernandez... Has one brother and one sister... Hobbies include basketball, dancing and spending time with friends... Plans to teach physical education and coach cross country following graduation.
800m (Indoor): 2:11
600m (indoor): 1:35