The women's track and field senior was among 14 honorees from around the league.
The special night brought together the entire athletic department for an evening of celebration
The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon on Wednesday in the Massachusetts Room in the Mullins Center.
Duo to be honored on Wednesday at UMass Sports Luncheon
UMass helps record-setting conference performance with 148 honorees
Rachel Hilliard accepts her Fall Scholar-Athlete award, presented to her by professor Dr. Lisa Minter and coach Julie LaFreniere.
As a Senior in 2014: Was first for the team and 33rd overall at the NCAA Regional Championship (11/14) with a time of 21:12.85 ... Ran a time of 18:01.6 at the Atlantic 10 Championship (11/1) finishing seventh overall. Placed fifth at the New England Championships (10/11) in 17:44.8... Finished with a time of 21:11 (6K) at the Paul Short Invitational (10/4) to be 51st overall... Ran a time of 18:07.0 at the Battle in Beantown (9/26)... Placed fifth at the Minuteman Invitational (9/13) with a time of 17:12.30.
As A Junior In 2013: Raced in all seven meets and was the team's top finisher in six ... Cracked the top-20 overall on three occasions ... Placed 82nd with a time of 22:04.0 at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship (11/15) ... Finished 19th at the Atlantic 10 Championship (11/2), crossing the line in 17:48.7 ... Was UMass' No. 3 finisher, taking 15th overall at the CCSU Mini-Meet (10/25) ... Posted a time of 18:15.0 at the New England Championship (10/12), good for 26th overall ... Completed the Paul Short Invitational (10/5) in 21:40.0, placing 84th ... Finished 54th at the Boston College Invitational (9/27) with a time of 18:34.0 ... Opened the season with a 12th-place showing at the Minuteman Invitational (9/14), clocking 17:56.50.
As A Sophomore In 2012: Competed in all seven meets of the season and finished fourth on the team in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, crossing the finish line at 22:40.6 (11/9) ... Finished third and 67th overall in the A-10 Championships, crossing the finish line at 19:25.3 (10/27) ... Placed second for UMass and 17th overall with a time of 19:12.10 in the Rothenberg Race (10/19) ... Posted her best time of the season in the New England Championships crossing the finish line at 18:42.05 and finishing first for the Minutewomen and 80th overall (10/7) ... Crossed the finish line at 22:52 in the Paul Short Invitational and finished second on the team (9/28) ... Finished the Minuteman Invitational in 19:10.23 and placed second for UMass and 19th overall (9/15) ... Finished first for the Minutewomen and second place overall with a time of 19:52.18 (9/8).
As A Freshman In 2011: Competed in all seven meets as a freshman ... At the NCAA Regional Championships (11/12), placed second on the team and 133st overall in 23:31.3 ... Clocked in at 18:58.9 at the A-10 Championships (10/29), while placing second on the team and 52nd overall ... In 19:39.0, placed third on the team and 16th overall at the Rothenberg Race (10/14) ... Crossing the line at 19:33, registered a fourth place team finish while placing 99th overall at the New England Championships (10/8) ... Recorded a time of 23:19 at the Paul Short Invite (9/30) while placing second on the team and 208th overall ... With a mark of 19:05.34, recorded a second place team finish at the Minuteman Invite (9/17) ... In her first collegiate meet, placed third on the team and 29th overall with a time of 19:38.18 at the Bryant University Invitational (9/10).
Before UMass: A 2011 graduate of South Side High School ... Was a four year letter winner under coaches Jason Lytle and Mike Goth ... Holds school records in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 1600 meters, 3200 meters, 4x400 meter relay, and on the 5K cross country course ... Won State Cross Country Medals as a junior and senior ... Brought home a State Track Medal as a senior ... Named the 2011 Valedictorian at South Side.
Personal: Rachel Lynn Hilliard ... Daughter of Robert and Pamela ...Sister to Stephanie and Jacob ... Born May 28, 1993 in Natrona Heights, Pa. ... Majoring in Biology.
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