Villanova won the Metro Team Challenge in New York on January 23, 2015.
On Russo: Showed promise in the distance events and cross country in her first year on the team ... Expected to continue making progress as she gains more experience and will be looking to help the team in meets during the coming season.
2014 Cross Country: Was a part of the top seven in the Villanova lineup in all five of her races ... Recorded personal best times over both three miles and 6,000 meters during the season ... Crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 21:38 at the Washington Invitational to come in 69th overall ... Opened the season with a 12th place finish at the Main Line Invitational, where her time of 17:39.0 was a personal best ... Was the third scoring runner for Villanova at the ECAC Championship, where she came in 15th overall and helped the Wildcats place second in the team standings ... Placed 36th overall at the BIG EAST Championships and was 40th at the Princeton Invitational.
2014 Outdoor: Redshirted.
2014 Indoor: Set a personal best time in the Mile and was the runner-up in the event at the Tiger Open, where she crossed the finish line in 5:07.18 ... Came in 10th in the 3000 meters at the Great Dane Classic with a time of 10:16.05 ... Opened the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where she came in third in the Mile (5:10.38) and also anchored the 4x400 meter relay squad to a third place finish with a time of 4:06.68.
2013 Cross Country: Competed as an unattached runner at four meets during the season ... Posted a time of 22:24 in the Open race at the Paul Short Run and came in 35th out of 484 runners ... Ran twice on the three-mile course at Haverford College, placing third at the Haverford Invitational (17:53.80) and 22nd at the Main Line Invitational (17:56.03) ... Finished in 19th place at the 4,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational (14:57.38).
Saint Anthony's High School: Qualified for the USA Track & Field outdoor championships in the 3000 meters and the New Balance Nationals in the 5000 meters ... Individual winner at the Reebok Eastern Regionals as a junior ... Two-time all-league cross country performer ... Graduated with Principal's Honor Roll status academically ... Achieved honor roll status all four years ... Inducted into the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born 8/17/95 ... One of three children of Eric and Barbara Russo ... Has an older brother, Nick (21) and a younger brother, Phil (17) ... Majoring in Comprehensive Science.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 2:17 High School 1500 Meters 4:47 High School Mile 4:58.82 2015 David Hemery Valentine Invitational 3000 Meters 10:02.62 2015 Metro Team Challenge 5000 Meters 17:40.18 2015 Penn State National
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 21:38 2014 Washington Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14