All-NE, MVP XC season for Adriana Russell '15
Undefeated regular season; All-New England postseason; MVP all season.
After a great fall season of running, Adriana Russell ’15 was named Most Valuable Player for the Girls’ Cross Country team at the 2014 Fall Sports Awards Ceremony at Wilbraham & Monson Academy Nov. 11.
“I love running so much, and it’s great to be honored with the MVP Award,” Adie said. “Winning the MVP and running such a satisfying race the next weekend was definitely satisfying for me, and a good end.”
Adie went undefeated in dual and tri-meets, won the Marianapolis Invitational, and twice set the course record at WMA, with her time of 20 minutes, 32 seconds now the time to beat.
“I was definitely pleased with my season,” she said. “I proved myself. All the training I did definitely impacted how I ran. And being my last year, I wanted to do well.”
Adie earned All-New England Cross Country honors after she placed 12th at the New England Prep School Track Association Division III Meet at Vermont Academy Nov. 9. She capped her season by taking 11th in 20:01 at the NEPSTA All-Star Meet at St. Mark’s, which featured the top prep runners from throughout New England.
“The All-Star race was more fitting to how I run,” Adie explained. “My first mile was a 6:17, and my second mile was under 13:00, so I had a quick second mile. It was a good race. I was happy with how I placed. That race definitely showed how much I’ve improved over the last four years of high school. It was one of the best times I’ve ever had. I was pleased with it.”
“Adie ran an excellent race on a challenging course at the All-Star race,” Coach Marissa Axtell said. “She was focused and determined to leave everything she had on the course. All of her hard work paid off as she ran a smart race, placing herself in the top 10 for a majority of the race.”
Adie has drawn interest from Northeastern University, Boston University and Babson College.