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Bella Burda
Bella  Burda

Pleasant Valley, N.Y.

High School:



Angel Piccirillo an All-American; Wildcats Place 21st at NCAA Championships

Villanova senior came in 20th individually at national meet, team moved up nine spots from last year


Bella Burda Wins Elite 90 Award at NCAA Cross Country Championships

Villanova sophomore is second Villanovan to win prestigious academic award


Women's Cross Country at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Villanova earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships at the Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 10, 2017.


Women's Cross Country -- Main Line Invitational

Villanova opened the 2017 season by winning the Main Line Invitational on September 15, 2017.


Women's Cross Country at BIG EAST Championships

Villanova finished second at the BIG EAST Championships and had five All-BIG EAST runners on October 28, 2016.


Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Villanova competed at the Paul Short Run on October 1, 2016.


Women's Cross Country at Main Line Invitational

Villanova opened the 2016 season by competing in the Main Line Invitational on September 16 at Haverford.

On Burda: Elite distance runner who is among the team's top performers in cross country and the longer distances on the track ... Has the talent to make an impact nationally and will be heavily relied on by the Wildcats this season ...  Last year's BIG EAST outdoor champion in the 5000 meters and is a six-time All-BIG EAST performer counting both cross country and the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

2017 Cross Country: Named the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Athlete of the Year ... Also garnered Mid-Atlantic All-Region and first team All-BIG EAST honors for the third straight season ... Emerged as the top performer in a deep Wildcats lineup over the second half of the season and helped lead Villanova to a top-15 national ranking and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Top scorer on the team at each of the three championship meets, as well as at the Penn State National Open ... Was the team's second finisher at the first two meets of the season ... Tallied a 65th place finish at the NCAA Championships, where she covered the 6,000 meter course in 20:26.5 ... Placed 71 spots higher than her finish at the national meet last season ... Individual champion at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a 6K time of 20:01.5 ... Paced a field of 193 runners and had a margin of victory of nearly four seconds over the runner-up from Penn State ... Led the Wildcats with a third place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (20:19.4) as Villanova won its record 15th conference title ... Scored her first collegiate cross country victory at the Penn State National Open, where she led a field of 178 runners with a winning time of 20:20.6 ... Named the BIG EAST Female Athlete of the Week after that performance ... Finished ninth at the Paul Short Run with a time of 20:08.9 ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Main Line Invitational, where she ran the three-mile course in 16:47.9.

2017 Outdoor: Was the BIG EAST champion in the 5000 meters and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 10000 meters ... Penn Relays champion as part of the Wildcats 4x1500 meter relay ... Posted a winning time of 17:51.92 in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships to win her first individual conference title ... Competed in the 10000 meters for the first time at the Stanford Invitational and posted a time of 33:50.44 to finish sixth in her section ... The time is the eighth-fastest in school history and puts Burda fourth on the all-time Villanova performance list in the 10K ... Went on to finish 15th in the national semifinal round of the 10000 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary, where she posted a time of 34:19.44 ... Led off the 4x1500 relay for the second straight year at the Penn Relays ... Recorded a split of 4:33.8 and helped the Wildcats win their second straight Championship of America title in the race with a time of 17:25.85 ... Recorded personal bests in both the 800 meters (2:16.26) and the 1500 meters (4:28.46) and finished fifth in both events at the season-opening Penn Challenge.

2017 Indoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters ... Established new personal best times during the season in each of those events, as well as the Mile ... Came in second in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Her time of 16:19.40 in that race is a personal best and ranks her ninth on the Wildcats all-time indoor performance list in the 5K ... Also came in third at the BIG EAST meet in the 3000 meters with a time of 9:29.93 ... Earlier in the season ran a personal best time of 9:20.15 and came in third in the 3000 meters at the Villanova Invitational ... Runner-up in the 3K at the FastTrack National Invitational with a time of 9:22.73 ... Won the Mile with a personal best time of 4:50.01 in her first collegiate indoor race at the Gotham Cup.

2016 Cross Country: Won the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 academic award at the NCAA Championships ... Only the second Villanova student-athlete in the eight-year history of the award to earn the honor, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average who is competing at the site of a national championship ... Repeated as a Mid-Atlantic All-Region and a first team All-BIG EAST performer ... Was one of the Wildcats five scoring runners in all six of her starts during the season ... Came in third on the team and 136th overall in a field of 250 runners at the NCAA Championships, where she posted a time of 20:58.6 over 6000 meters ... Came in 17th overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 21:05.9, and was ninth at the BIG EAST Championships in 21:29.0 ... Opened the season by covering the three mile course at Haverford in 16:46.9 to finish as the individual runner-up at the Main Line Invitational ... Placed 26th at the Paul Short Run with a time of 20:39 over 6000 meters, and was the fourth Villanova finisher at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in 21:27.1.

2016 Outdoor: Part of a Championship of America title in the 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Led off the race and produced a split of 4:29.7 on the first leg, with Villanova going on to post a winning time of 17:44.29 ... Established personal best times in the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters during the season ... Her best individual race came at the BIG EAST Championships, where she was the runner-up in the 5000 meters with a personal best time of 16:25.67 and earned All-BIG EAST honors ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 5000 meters and came in 22nd overall in the national semifinal heats with a time of 16:43.42 ... Runner-up in the 5000 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational in 16:26.32 and finished third in the championship section at the Colonial Relays with a time of 16:27.77 ... Opened the outdoor season by running personal best times of 2:17.64 in the 800 meters and 4:32.64 in the 1500 meters at the Penn Challenge ... Finished sixth in each of those events ... Following the conclusion of the official collegiate season, lowered her personal best in the 1500 meters to 4:31.63 in a qualifying meet at Princeton.

2015-16 Indoor: Redshirted.

2015 Cross Country: Competed in six meets during the season and was one of the top three Villanova finishers in each one of her races ... Earned first team All-BIG EAST honors as well as All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades ... Top runner for the Wildcats at the BIG EAST Championships with a fourth place overall finish ... Her finish was the best by a Villanova freshman at the conference meet since Carole Zajac came in second in 1990 ... Posted a time of 19:52.9 over 6,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... That is the sixth-fastest time in school history for that distance on a cross country course and puts Burda third on the Wildcats all-time performance list for 6,000 meters ... Finished third on the team at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the NCAA Championships ... Recorded times of 21:34.3 and 21:21.7 at those two meets, respectively ... Made her collegiate debut at the Main Line Invitational, where she came in second on the team and sixth overall with a time of 16:54 over three miles ... Competed at the Princeton Interregional Meet and posted a time of 21:39.0 to finish in 22nd place ... Came in 64th at the Pre-NCAA Meet (20:54.8).

International Competition: Represented the United States at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July 2016 ... Came in 16th in the 5000 meters at that competition with a time of 16:43.87 ... Earned her spot on the United States team after finishing third in the 5000 meters with a time of 16:43.59 at the USATF Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif. ... Was the first alternate to the team in the 5000 meters and was named to the squad after a scratch in the event.

Arlington High School: Two-time All-American in the 5000 meters ... Earned those honors for the 2013 outdoor season and the 2015 indoor season ... Won state titles in the 3000 meters both indoors and outdoors as a senior, as well as indoors during her sophomore season ... Also a two-time state cross country champion as a sophomore and a senior ... Those titles garnered her New York State Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year honors in 2012 and 2014 ... Earned a total of 12 varsity letters during her scholastic career, including four each in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field ... Inducted into the National Honor Society as a senior.

Personal: Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa. ... Oldest of three children of Rich and Anne Burda ... Has a younger brother, Tommy (18), and a younger sister, Sophie (14) ... Both parents attended Villanova and were rowing athletes ... Majoring in Biology.


800 Meters               2:16.26                        2017 Penn Challenge
1500 Meters 4:28.46 2017 Penn Challenge
Mile 4:50.01 2017 Gotham Cup
3000 Meters 9:20.15 2017 Villanova Invitational
5000 Meters 16:19.40 2017 BIG EAST Championships
10000 Meters 33:50.44 2017 Stanford Invitational
3 Miles                  16:46.9                        2016 Main Line Invitational
6000 Meters 19:52.9 2015 BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year                 2017
Mid-Atlantic Region Individual Champion 2017
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2015, 2016, 2017 All-BIG EAST (First Team) 2015, 2016, 2017
BIG EAST Athlete of the Week 2017: October 16
All-BIG EAST                                            2017 (3000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (5000 Meters)
Penn Relays Champion                                    2016, 2017 (4x1500 Meter Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2017 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2015, 2017 (5000 Meters)
NCAA Elite 90 Award                                     2016 (Cross Country)
Capital One Academic All-American (Second Team) 2017
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2015, 2016 (Cross Country)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2015-16, 2016-17 (Track)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2015-16, 2016-17
5000 Meters              1st                            2017 Outdoor
5000 Meters 2nd 2016 Outdoor, 2017 Indoor
3000 Meters 3rd 2017 Indoor