All-American & school record holder signs with Chris Mengel
Rachel Walny, the most decorated woman distance runner in Bowling Green State University history, has signed an agency contract with Elite Runner Management, the Michigan based sports agency headed by Chris Mengel.
“I have known Rachel Walny since her all-state high school days here in Michigan. Rachel has shown continued improvement in her collegiate career at Bowling Green and has racked up a number of outstanding accomplishments both regionally and nationally. As a 22-year-old, it will be interesting to see where that career takes her now that she has decided to turn pro. ERM is looking forward to being part of her journey,” said Mengel.
The captain of both the cross country and track teams at Bowling Green, Walny holds 4 school records at various distances including the cross country 5k, cross country 6k, 5,000m indoors, and 10,000m outdoors. A 4X Mid-American Conference First-Team honoree in cross country, she is the only Bowling Green athlete ever to have been selected to the NCAA D1 All-Region (Great Lakes) Cross Country team for all 4 years of eligibility. At 10,000m she is a 2X honorable mention NCAA D1 All-American and has posted the 5 fastest times at that distance in school history. In her first race as a professional on June 3rd of this year, Walny was the champion of the 45th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor (MI) 10k in a time of 34:59, setting a new course record. It was her road racing debut at that distance.
Walny believes that working with ERM will help her in the transition from amateur to professional. “I am very new to the professional running scene and felt that it was important to have some help navigating the ins and outs of the industry. I trust Chris and believe that we will be able to work well together,” said Walny. “I know that I have a lot more to give to this sport, so my goal is simply to find out how good I can be and how far I can take my running career.”
Though a college grad who has used up her NCAA eligibility, Walny will continue to reside and train in Bowling Green, Ohio where she is finishing a dual Masters degree in Kinesiology and Nutrition. At the completion of the program, Walny would like to become a Registered Dietician and work with patients, including athletes, to improve their health and achieve their potential through proper nutrition and exercise. Her more immediate plans are to attend the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) RunPro Camp for new professionals in Arlington, Virginia next month and to race the Crim 10-Mile Road Race in Flint, Michigan in August.