Track & Field


AS A JUNIOR: Was a consistent varsity contributor for the Irish cross country team, running in six meets ... took 20th in the National Catholic Championship, covering 5,000 meters in 18:51 ... ran 116th at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks later, finishing in 18:40 ... in her season's 6,000-meter debut, ran 22:49 for 165th at the Pre-National Meet ... had an outstanding BIG EAST race, helping the women take the team title by running 21:58 for 16th overall ... placed 90th at the Great Lakes Regional, helping the Irish earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship the national meet in Terre Haute, ran 23:06 for 240th as the team took seventh ... qualified for the indoor BIG EAST mile at the Notre Dame Opener, running 5:07.64 ... bettered that mark at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 5:04.53 ... placed seventh in a point-scoring effort at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship, establishing a career best in the mile in 4:56.02 ... also contributed to the Irish team title in the 4x800-meter relay, finishing second with teammates Brianne Schmidt, Jacqueline Carter and Ramsey Kavan (school-record 8:58.67) ... lowered her personal-best mile mark at the Alex Wilson Invitational, running 4:55.93 ... specialized in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season, eventually earning a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional ... top effort of the season came at the Stanford Invitational, where she finished second in her section of the steeplechase in 10:47.05 ... the mark stands second all-time in Notre Dame history to her own career best time set a year ago ... set a career best in the 1,500 meters at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, running 4:40.52 ... took 10th in the steeplechase at the outdoor BIG EAST meet in 11:05.16 ... finished 23rd at the NCAA Mideast Regional in the steeplechase ... owns five of the top six steeplechase times in school history heading into the 2006-07 season.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Improved to become one of Notre Dame's regular distance contributors ... ran at every one of the Irish cross country meets ... placed eighth at the Valparaiso Invitational and 11th at the National Catholic Championship ... competed in the open race at the Notre Dame Invitational and ran 18:29 over 5,000 meters for ninth place ... was among Notre Dame's varsity competitors for all three post-season meets ... finished 46th at the BIG EAST meet in 22:39 ... stepped up in a big way at the Great Lakes Regional, running 21:28 to finish 50th and help the team to a second-place finish ... participated in her first NCAA Championship ... focused on the mile during the indoor track season ... ran her season-best time in the event at the Notre Dame Invitational (5:01.73) ... competed in two events at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship ... finished fourth in the 4x800 meter relay with Brianne Schmidt, Rachel Heneghan, and Jacqueline Carter (9:07.30) ... scored team points with an eighth-place, 5:03.45 effort in the mile ... set a (then) career best in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the outdoor Stanford Invitational, finishing third in her section with a time of 10:51.41 ... competed at the prestigious Mount SAC Relays, taking 21st in the steeplechase ... competed in two events at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, this time running the 4x800 meter relay and 3,000 meter steeplechase ... took eighth in the relay in 9:15.86 with Carter, Schmidt and Kerry Meagher and finished ninth in the steeplechase while running 10:55.06 ... ran the steeplechase at the Georgia Tech Invitational, finishing fourth in 10:56.30 ... set a 10-second career best at the NCAA Mideast Regional with a 10:41.49 effort, the top mark in school history.

AS A FRESHMAN: Developed well during her rookie season and provided depth to the Irish distance group ... competed in three races during her freshman season in cross country ... finished 26th in the National Catholic Championship, 41st in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold Division race and 78th in the Pre-National Meet open race ... ran both the mile and 1,000 meters during the 2004 indoor track season ... finished second in the 1,000 meters at the Windsor Team Challenge and third at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... ran on the 4x800-meter relay team at the BIG EAST indoor meet, finishing fourth along with teammates Lauren King, Megan Johnson and Kerry Meagher ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the steeplechase by running 11:10.54 to finish second at the Notre Dame Spring Opener ... also finished second in the steeplechase at the Tom Botts Invitational ... eventually finished 17th in the steeplechase at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... competed as part of the 4x800-meter relay team at the conference outdoor meet, finishing eighth.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Earned five letters in both cross country and outdoor track and field during indoor season ... Fairport High Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 ... led cross country team to four Monroe County League conference titles in five years and four consecutive indoor crowns ... five-time all-state and first-team Section V honoree in cross country ... named New York State Freshman Runner of the Year in 1999 ... earned Monroe Country all-league honors on 23 occasions in both cross country and track ... captured eight Section V championships in individual or relay events during her prep career, including three during the 2002-03 school year ... member of 4x800 meter relay team at Fairport that established three school records (indoor and outdoor) ... in final scholastic season in cross country, finished sixth at NYSPHSA Class A championship and seventh at NYS Federation race ... also placed 22nd at FootLocker Northeast Cross Country Regional ... led team to second-place finish at 2002 NYSPHA state championship after winning Section V crown ... was undefeated in the 3,000 meters in all Section V races during her senior year ... finished third in 3,000 meters at NYS Federation outdoor meet ... as a freshman in high school placed sixth at the National Junior Olympics Youth Race ... captained cross country and track teams during her senior year ... member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society ... received JP Morgan National Merit Scholarship ... National Merit Scholarship recipient and AP Scholar ... played violin for the Fairport High School orchestra ... born June 6, 1985 in Rochester, N.Y. ... daughter of Cindy and Paul DeRusso ... older of two children ... father, Paul is a 1976 Notre Dame graduate ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an English major.

Katie DeRusso
Katie  DeRusso


Fairport, NY

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