Dec. 29, 2015

Rachel Weber is entering her junior season with the Ohio State track and field team in 2016. The Central Ohio native enjoyed a breakout 2015 for the Buckeyes, scoring points for the Scarlet and Gray as an individual at the Big Ten championships and helping OSU’s Distance Medley and 4×800-meter relay teams to school records. Also a standout in cross country and in the classroom, Weber talked about the transition to the track season and her plans for her junior campaign.


On the transition from the cross country season to track

“For me personally, we’re cutting back on some of the mileage we’re doing and doing a bit more speed. Through these next couple of months, especially December, we’re just focusing on building that base and doing some tempo stuff. It really has been a smooth transition overall.”


On her top indoor 800 time (2:06.80) from last season

“That was amazing. It was awesome to key off of Katie [Borchers] the whole time. I trained with her, but when I finished, I was just in shock. It was definitely one of my favorite running memories. I decided to do that for Katie. I just want everyone to have that feeling.”


On training with Borchers last season, and now training independently

“She pushed me. All of my weaknesses are pretty much her strengths. She taught me to really keep going even when I thought I couldn’t. It’ll be different without her here, because I have her role now. I think it’ll be a big group effort but I am ready to step into a role where we can do this together.”


On her goals this season

“Time wise, I want to PR in all of my events. Katie has given me amazing times to chase. I want to be on the podium at the conference meet this year.”


On the team outlook

“I’m really excited about the team. Winning Big Ten’s last year was one of the coolest feelings in the world. Being able to be a part of that and contribute points was incredible. I think everyone, indoor and outdoor, is on the same page. We want to win Big Ten’s and we need to be really supportive of each other.”