Villanova won the Metro Team Challenge in New York on January 23, 2015.
On Russo: Versatile athlete who ranks ninth on the all-time Villanova performance list in the 3000 meter steeplechase after competing in the event for the first time last year ... Strong distance runner who has made tremendous strides during her first two years on campus ... A consistent contributor in the team's lineup during cross country season and is also capable of helping the team in the distance events on the track ... Hard worker who is poised for a successful upcoming season.
2015 Outdoor: Tallied her first career scoring finish at the BIG EAST Championships, where she came in fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase ... In her first collegiate competition in the event registered a time of 10:53.87 and scored team points as Villanova successfully defended its team title at the conference meet ... Earlier in the season recorded a personal best time of 4:43.31 in the 1500 meters and notched a first place finish at the Delaware Open ... Competed three times during the season in the 3000 meters ... Her top time in those three races was 10:05.98 at the Colonial Relays, where she placed fourth in the championship section of the 3000 meters ... Came in 11th (10:06.09) at the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic and was the runner-up at the Larry Ellis Invitational (10:08.32).
2014-15 Indoor: Established new personal bests at three different distances during the season, including the Mile, the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters ... Competed in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed 14th in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:45.63 on the opening night of the conference championships, then came back less than 24 hours later to finish 18th in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:11.31 ... Won the 5000 meters at the Penn State National with a personal best time of 17:40.18 ... That race came on the heels of a personal top time in the 3000 meters one week earlier, when she crossed the finish line in 10:02.62 to finish fourth at the Metro Team Challenge ... Opened the season by coming in second in the 3000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (10:08.17) ... Tallied the top Mile time of her career at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, where she recorded a time of 4:58.82 and broke five minutes for the first time ... Finished eighth in the Mile at the Gotham Cup (5:06.49) ... Twice ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay ... Helped the Wildcats finish in eighth place at the Penn State National with a time of 3:53.40 in the 4x400 relay ... Also anchored the relay at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, where Villanova finished fifth with a time of 4:10.83.
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.
2013-14 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 (22) and a younger brother, Phil (18) ... Majoring in Comprehensive Science.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 2:17 High School 1500 Meters 4:43.31 2015 Delaware Open Mile 4:58.82 2015 David Hemery Valentine Invitational 3000 Meters 10:02.62 2015 Metro Team Challenge
3000 Meter Steeplechase 10:53.87 2015 BIG EAST Championships 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, 2014-15
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
3000 Meter Steeplechase 4th 2015 Outdoor