Rachel Schilkowsky

Community Ambassador

Fast facts

Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY

Age: 26

College: Cornell University

Profession: Orthopedic Research Engineer

Specialties: 3,000m - Half Marathon | XC

Sponsors: rabbit, Topo Athletic

Personal Bests

3,000m - 9:08

3,000m Steeplechase - 9:43

5,000m - 15:53

10,000m - 33:34

15k - 52:23

Half Marathon - 1:15:52

"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


Rachel Schilkowsky (nee Sorna), a 2014 graduate from Cornell University, joined NE Distance in June of 2017. While at Cornell, she earned a total of five All-American honors, including two 4th place finishes in the 3,000m 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 3,000m and the 3,000m Steeplechase, and stills hold the Ivy League record for the 3,000m Steeplechase with her personal best time of 9:43.

Since graduating, Rachel has tried her hand at longer distances on the roads in addition to continuing her exploits on the track. She has competed at a total of eight USATF Championships so far in her post-collegiate career, most notably finishing 12th at the 2016 Half Marathon Championships, 12th at the 2017 15k Championships, 9th at the 2018 Cross Country Championships, and 7th in the 2 Mile at the 2017 Indoor Championships. In February of 2018 she represented Team USA for the first time in international competition at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in El Salvador. Currently she is professionally sponsored by rabbit, a California-based apparel company that manufactures all its clothing right here in the United States and Topo Athletic, a New England-based shoe company.

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 at the RIH Orthopaedic Foundation as a Test Engineer.