Coach Rachel Schilkowsky (née Sorna) has been running competitively for 10 years. Originally a soccer player, Rachel transitioned to running her sophomore year of high school and instantly fell in love with the sport. Though she had a very successful senior year which culminated in a 3rd place finish at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in the 2000m Steeplechase, it wasn't until halfway through her collegiate career at Cornell University that her she began to really excel. While at Cornell, she earned a total of five All-American honors, including two 4th place finishes in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2013 and 2014 DI NCAA Outdoor Championships and a 14th place finish at the 2014 DI NCAA Cross Country Championships. She was a three-time Ivy League Champion at 3000m and the 3000m Steeplechase, and stills hold the Ivy League record for the 3000m Steeplechase with her personal best time of 9:43.
Since graduating, Rachel has transitioned primarily to road racing where she has found great success, particularly over the longer distances. She won the Hartford Marathon - her debut at the distance - in October of 2018 with a time of 2:41:03. That performance earned her a spot on the line at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Georgia. In March of that same year she set a personal best of 1:15:52 in the half marathon. However, she has also remained competitive on the track and cross country course as a post-collegiate. In 2017 she set a PR of 9:08.50 for 3000m and ran 15:58 for 5000m, the later of which qualified her for the 2 Mile at the 2017 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships where she ultimately took 7th. She also finished in 9th place finish at the 2018 USATF Cross Country Championships and, as a result, was selected to represent Team USA at the 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships in El Salvador. She has finished in the Top 15 at two additional USATF Championships as a post-collegiate: 12th at the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships and 12th also at the 2017 USATF 15k Championships. She is a member of the USATF club, New England Distance, and is professionally sponsored by rabbit running apparel and Topo Athletic running shoes.
When she wasn’t busy training or racing at Cornell, Rachel was hard at work earning first a bachelors in Biological Engineering and then a masters in Mechanical Engineering, also from Cornell. Upon graduating in December 2014, she started her career as technical consultant at a medical devices consulting firm in Boston, MA. In June of 2017 she began working in Downtown Providence, RI at the RIH Orthopaedic Foundation as a Test Engineer
Mile - 4:47
3000m - 9:08
3k SC - 9:43
5k - 15:53
10000 - 33:34
15k – 52:23
Half Marathon – 1:15:52
Marathon - 2:41:03
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosevelt
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