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Rachel Houseknecht

Class: R-Senior
Position: Hurdles/PV
Height: 5-5

Previous School: Hughesville HS

Hometown: Hughesville, Pa.

2011 (R-Jr.): Made the Big South 100 hurdles final for the second time in her career, placing seventh … helped the Lady Flames break the school record in the shuttle hurdles relay with a 58.77 clocking at the Coastal Carolina Invitational … closed her year with a strong performance at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, moving up to No. 5 in program history with a 11-7.75 pole vault and claiming the No. 9 spot in program history with a time of 14.58 in the 100 hurdles ... was redshirted during the indoor season … made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for the fourth straight year.

2010 (R-So.): Notched a pair of sixth-place finishes at the Big South indoor meet, in the 60 hurdles and pole vault … clocked a personal-best 60 hurdles time of 8.87 to win the event at the Liberty Quad … ran a then personal-best time of 14.76 in the 100 hurdles at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, moving into Liberty's all-time top 10 list … Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.

2009 (R-Fr.): Claimed fifth place in the Big South outdoor pole vault and eighth place in the 100 hurdles … part of Liberty's school record-setting shuttle hurdles relay squad, which posted a 59.10 at the Penn Relays … closed her year with a season-best 11-5.75 pole vault clearance at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier … made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

2008 (Fr.): Pole vaulted a season-best 10-0 for fourth place at the Big South indoor meet … injured for much of the outdoor campaign … Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

Prep: Attended Hughesville High School … won the 2007 Pennsylvania state 100-meter hurdles title in 14.49 seconds, after finishing third in the event in 2006 … set school records at 100 meters (12.40), 200 meters (25.92), 100 hurdles (14.49) and 300 hurdles (45.60).

Personal: Daughter of Greg and Laurie Houseknecht … kinesiology major … birthday is on Oct. 11.

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
200 – 25.97
55H – 8.25 (indoor)
60H – 8.64 (indoor)
100H – 14.23
400H – 1:07.52
PV – 12-5.5 (3.80m) (indoor)

All-Big South Honors (1)
2012 Outdoor Pole Vault - T3rd