On Morro: Young member of the Villanova distance group who should make his official collegiate debut this year after redshirting the 2016-17 seasons ... Will work to become a contributor to the team during meets in the longer distance events on the track, as well as during cross country ... Has a bright future as he gains additional collegiate experience.
2018 Indoor: Ran two races each in the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters ... Scored at a BIG EAST meet for the first time with a sixth place finish in the 5000 meters ... His time of 14:30.55 at the conference meet was a personal best ... Won the invitational section of the 5000 meters at the FastTrack National Invitational with a time of 14:37.13 ... Recorded a personal best time of 8:24.86 in the 3000 meters in a fourth place finish at the Penn 8-Team Select meet ... Opened the season by running the 3000 meters in 8:38.66 at the Nittany Lion Challenge.
2017 Cross Country: Competed at four meets during the season ... Was the Wildcats fourth scoring runner at the Paul Short Run, where his time of 24:50.6 was a personal best for an 8,000 meter course ... Part of the team's lineup at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and turned in a 60th place finish at that meet with a 10K time of 31:42.2 ... Finished 47th at the Penn State National Open with a time of 26:27.9 over 5.2 miles ... Began the season at the Main Line Invitational and registered a 20th place overall finish, covering the four-mile course in 20:35.0.
2017 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Ran as an unattached runner in two meets and set personal best times in both the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters ... Tallied a time of 3:58.38 in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier ... Ran the 5000 meters in 15:03.32 at the Sam Howell Invitational.
2016-17 Indoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at the Villanova Invitational, where he recorded a personal best time of 8:41.77 in the 3000 meters.
2016 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner four times during the season ... Recorded a time of 19:40.5 over 6000 meters at the Big 5 Invitational ... Tallied times of 20:22.3 and 20:43.1, respectively, over four miles at the Main Line Invitational and the Haverford Invitational ... Competed in the open race at the Paul Short Run and posted a time of 25:31 over 8000 meters.
Cardinal O'Hara High School: Earned four varsity letters each in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field ... Two-time state champion indoors as part of his school's distance medley relay squad ... Two-time state medalist in cross country as a junior and a senior ... As a senior was the Delaware County champion outdoors in the 3200 meters, as well as the Catholic League champion in cross country and indoors in the 3000 meters ... Two-time all-state performer indoors ... Three-time All-Delco for both track and cross country ... Nine-time All-Catholic selection, including in all three seasons each year from his sophomore through senior years ... Achieved First Honors status academically all four years ... Winner of the Student-Athlete Award presented by the Delaware County Chapter of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame ... Was a high school teammate of Alex Patrick, who is a sophomore competing in the jumps for the Villanova women's track & field team.
Personal: Born 7/8/97 in Media, Pa. ... Full name is Robert Morro III ... Youngest of four children of Robert Morro, Jr. and Anita Morro ... Has three older sisters: Julie (27), Danielle (24) and Anita (22) ... All three sisters attended Villanova ... Grandfather, Robert Morro, Sr., was a member of the rowing team at La Salle ... Hobbies include playing the piano ... Chose to attend Villanova for its academic reputation and the opportunity to run for an elite track & field program and well-known coaches ... Majoring in Chemical Engineering.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:58 High School
1500 Meters 3:58.38 2017 Swarthmore Final Qualifier Mile 4:21 High School 3000 Meters 8:24.86 2018 Penn 8-Team Select
5000 Meters 14:30.55 2018 BIG EAST Championships
10000 Meters 30:40.76 2018 BIG EAST Championships
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 19:40.5 2016 Big 5 Invitational
4 Miles 20:22.3 2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 24:50.6 2017 Paul Short Run
5.2 Miles 26:27.9 2017 Penn State National Open
10000 Meters 31:42.2 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2016-17
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
10000 Meters 4th 2018 Outdoor
5000 Meters 6th 2018 Indoor