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Katie Russo

Class: R-Junior
Position: Mid-distance
Height: 5-8

Previous School: Fort Myers HS

Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
800 – 2:21.94 (Indoor)
1,000 – 3:07.70 (indoor)
1,500 – 4:55.18
Mile – 5:10.79 (indoor)

All-Big South Honors (2)
2011 Indoor Distance Medley Relay – 1st
2014 Indoor Distance Medley Relay - 1st

2013 Cross Country (Sr.)
• Served as team captain for the Big South runners-up
• Placed sixth on the team and 31st overall at the Big South Championship
• Closed out her career in impressive fashion, serving as the Lady Flames' No. 3 runner and coming in a career-best 162nd at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship
• Season-best 5K time of 19:26.9 came at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational

2013 Outdoor Track & Field (R-So.)
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Placed 15th in the Big South 1,500 prelims
• Top 1,500-meter time of the season was 5:02.27, at the Raleigh Relays

2012-13 Indoor Track & Field (Jr.)
• Came in 13th in the Big South mile final
• Improved her 1,000-meter personal best to 3:07.70 at the Liberty Open

2012 Cross Country (Jr.)
• Finished 35th overall and eighth on the team at the Big South meet
• Dropped her cross country 5K best time to 18:23.37 at the Royal Cross Country Challenge

2012 Outdoor Track & Field (So.)
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Did not compete in any races for Liberty and was redshirted

2011-12 Indoor Track & Field (So.)
• Came in 12th in the Big South mile
• Her time of 5:14.20 in the Big South mile final was a season best
• Ran the 1,200-meter leadoff leg for the Lady Flames' Big South runner-up distance medley relay quartet

2011 Cross Country (So.)
• Clocked a cross country 5K season-best time of 18:57 for 25th place overall and fifth on the team at the Big South meet
• Ran a 6K personal-best time of 23:57.1 at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship for 197th place
• Came in sixth at the season-opening Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational

2011 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Placed 14th in the 1,500 at the Big South Championship
• Clocked a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:55.18 at the Raleigh Relays

2010-11 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Led off for Liberty's Big South-winning distance medley relay team
• Helped the Lady Flames win the 4 x 800 relay at the Liberty Open

2010 Cross Country (Fr.)
• The top freshman on Liberty's Big South champion cross country team
• Placed 28th overall (eighth among the Lady Flames and eighth among conference freshmen) at the Big South meet
• Made her collegiate debut at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay, teaming up with Rod'Esther Castor for fourth place
• Served as Liberty's No. 6 runner at both the Brooks Paul Short Run and Pre-Nationals

Prep
• Graduated from Fort Myers High School
• Finished second in the 4 x 800 relay (where she was joined by sister Courtney) and fourth in the 1,600 at the 2010 Florida Class A state meet
• Came in third in the 1,600 state final as a junior
• Personal-best times included 2:18 (800), 5:02 (1,600) and 18:13 (5K)

Personal
• Daughter of Greg and Marcy Russo
• Younger sister Courtney is a sophomore on the Liberty cross country and track & field teams
• English major
• Birthday is Dec. 8