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Alexandra Russo
Alexandra  Russo

Hometown:
Bellport, N.Y.

High School:
Saint Anthony's

Event:
Cross Country/Distance

Birthdate:
08/17/1995

Experience:
Gr./Gr.

05/13/2017

Women's Track BIG EAST Championships (Day 1)

Caroline Hamilton defended her BIG EAST title in the javelin to highlight the first day of BIG EAST competition.

02/27/2017

Women's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/25/17)

Villanova wrapped up the BIG EAST Championships with a second place finish on February 25, 2017.

02/24/2017

Women's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/24/17)

Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.

01/08/2016

Villanova Open

Villanova made its debut at the brand new Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex on January 8.

01/23/2015

Women's Track & Field at Metro Team Challenge

Villanova won the Metro Team Challenge in New York on January 23, 2015.

On Russo: Two-time BIG EAST scorer in the 3000 meter steeplechase ... Her personal best time of 10:39.41 ranks sixth on the Wildcats all-time performance list through the end of the 2017 outdoor season ... Tenacious athlete and a hard worker who contributed to the team in both cross country season and on the track.

2017 Outdoor: Recorded one of the top performances of her collegiate career at the BIG EAST Championships, where she came in fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:39.41 ... The fourth place finish matched her highest in an individual event at the conference meet and her time set a new personal best by a margin of more than 14 seconds, while also moving her into sixth place on the Wildcats all-time performance list ... In her only other steeplechase race of the season, tallied a time of 11:07.07 at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Ran the 1500 meters at the Lions Invitational and finished third with a time of 4:49.71 ... Competed in the 5000 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational and recorded a time of 18:17.58.

2017 Indoor: Competed at five meets during the season ... Ran the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and finished in 11th place with a time of 17:40.04 ... Earlier in the season posted a time of 17:37.52 in the 5000 meters and notched a fourth place finish at the Villanova Open ... Registered a personal best time of 4:56.26 in the Mile at the FastTrack National Invitational ... Also ran the Mile in 4:59.40 and placed fourth at the Gotham Cup ... Made her season debut at the Nittany Lion Challenge and recorded a time of 10:20.38 in the 3000 meters.

2016 Cross Country: Was a part of the Villanova lineup at the BIG EAST Championships, where she finished 33rd overall with a time of 22:46.3 over 6000 meters ... Opened the season with a 26th place finish and a time of 18:15.7 for three miles at the Main Line Invitational ... Lowered her time to 17:59.4 when she ran on the same course and was the runner-up at the Haverford Invitational.

2016 Outdoor: Competed at four meets during the season ... Established a personal best time of 4:41.73 in the 1500 meters at the season-opening Penn Challenge ... Finished 18th at that meet in the 1500 meters and was also seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.27 ... Competed in the invitational section of the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational and finished with a time of 4:45.92 ... Ran the 3000 meter steeplechase at the Colonial Relays and recorded a time of 11:03.94 to finish in 12th place ... Registered a time of 11:00.24 in the steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational. 

2015-16 Indoor: Established personal best times in the Mile, the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters during the season ... Competed in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed 14th in the 5000 meters with a personal best time of 17:22.39 and was 12th in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:09.62 ... Recorded the best time of her career in the 3000 meters at the Great Dane Classic, where she finished sixth overall with a time of 10:01.89 ... Her personal best time in the Mile was 4:57.48 and came in a 13th place finish at the Villanova Invitational ... Also led off the 4x400 meter relay at that meet and helped her relay squad to a time of 4:00.82 ... Came in fifth in the college section of the 3000 meters with a time of 10:04.04 at the FastTrack National Invite ... Opened the season by winning the Mile with a time of 5:03.17 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, in addition to running the third leg of the 4x400 relay for a squad that finished fourth with a time of 4:17.01 ... Also won the Mile at the Villanova Open with a time of 5:08.33 ... Tallied a time of 17:28.87 in the invitational section of the 5000 meters and finished in ninth place at the Penn State National.

2015 Cross Country: Competed in five meets during the season ... Posted a personal best time for a 6,000 meter course with a mark of 21:17.7 at the BIG EAST Championships, where she came in 39th overall ... Registered a time of 21:45.5 at the Pre-NCAA Meet and finished 209th ... Was the fourth scoring runner for Villanova with a 38th place finish out of 126 runners at the Princeton Interregional Meet (21:57.5) ... Opened the season by coming in 12th overall and second on the team at the Big Five Invitational with a time of 14:35.0 over 4,000 meters ... Competed at the Main Line Invitational and finished 14th out of 75 runners with a three-mile time of 17:28.

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 and a younger brother, Phil ... Graduated from Villanova in the spring of 2017 as a Communication major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... Currently in graduate school pursuing a degree in Communication.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)

800 Meters                       2:17                High School
1500 Meters                      4:41.73             2016 Penn Challenge
Mile                             4:56.26             2017 FastTrack National Invitational
3000 Meters                      10:01.89            2016 Great Dane Classic
3000 Meter Steeplechase 10:39.41 2017 BIG EAST Championships 5000 Meters 17:22.39 2016 BIG EAST Championships

PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)

4000 Meters                      14:35.0             2015 Big Five Invitational
3 Miles 17:28 2015 Main Line Invitational
5000 Meters 18:17.4 2014 ECAC Championship
6000 Meters 21:17.7 2015 BIG EAST Championships

CAREER AWARDS (Academics)

BIG EAST All-Academic Team                           2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES

3000 Meter Steeplechase          4th                 2015 Outdoor, 2017 Outdoor

Schedule