Junior season (2007) - Missed her junior season while studying in London, England.
Sophomore season (2006) - Ran in four races as sophomore, continuing to improve her times ... Ran a personal-best 24:00.0 on the 5,000-meter course at Spokane's Big Foot Open.
First season (2005) - Ran in three races while gaining experience at the college level.
Prep - Ran three seasons of varsity cross country at Lynnwood High, earning Most Valuable Runner honors in 2004.
Academics - Studied in London, England, in the fall of 2007 and interned at the Adam Smith Institute ... Writing senior thesis on disability politics and how those with limited mental capacity fit into social/political life ... After Whitman, plans to return to the Adam Smith Institute for one year before applying to graduate school.
Personal - Rachel Jane Patterson was born in Redmond, Wash. ... Daughter of Liz and Mark Patterson ... Has a younger brother, John, and a younger sister, Amy ... Has been a member of the Whitman cycling team for two years now.