Track & Field

MasaiRussell

  • class Senior
  • Hometown Potomac, Maryland
  • Major Health Science
  • High school Bullis

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Academic Accolades 

  • SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll – 2020, 2021

Career Accolades 

  • NCAA Indoor Championship 60H Runner-Up (2022)
  • NCAA Outdoor Championships 4x100m silver, 100H bronze and 400H fourth (2022)

  • SEC 60H, 100H, 400H bronze (2022)
  • SEC Indoor 4x400m silver medalist, 400H bronze (2021)
  • First team All-American in 100H (2021, 2022), 400H (2021, 2022) and 4x400m (2019, 2021), 4x100m (2022)
  • 11-time All-American

2021-22 (Senior) 

Outdoor

  • Earned bronze in the 100H (12.81) and fourth in the 400H (55.83) at NCAA Championships, ran in the silver medal 4x100m

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships with a personal best in the 400H, running the second fastest time of NCAA East Prelims, and 12.89 in the 100H for the third fastest time

  • Ran for bronze in both the 100H (12.78w) and 400H (55.44) at SEC Championships

  • Ran 100H facility record and personal best at Kentucky Invitational (12.71)

  • Won Drake Relays 400H (56.27)

  • Earned a personal best with her 100H win (12.75) at the Joe May Invitational, ranking third all-time for UK

  • Ran for a personal best in the 400H (55.41), beating her previous personal best from her 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships fourth place finish (56.18) and placed second in the 100H (13.18) at the Florida Relays
  • Earned a personal best in the 100m (11.54) and won the 400H at the Black and Gold Invite

Indoor

  • Earned silver in the 60H (7.95) at NCAA Indoor Championships, her highest ever individual NCAA finish of her career
  • Qualified for NCAA Championships in the 60H and 4x400m

  • Earned bronze in the 60H (7.95) at SEC Championships

  • Ran for a personal best 7.93 in the 60H at the Tiger Paw Invitational for the No. 2 spot on the all-time list in the 60H

  • Won the 60m hurdles (8.16), finished second in the 200m (23.93) and was a part of the winning 4x400m relay team at the Cardinal Classic

  • Placed second in the 60H with a new personal best (8.01), ran a personal best and finished second in the 200m (23.60) and earned a personal best in the 60m in prelims (7.46)
  • Tied her personal best in the 60H (8.01) with a second-place finish in the event, ran the first leg in the then-school record 4x400m relay (3:28.62)

2020-21 (Junior) 
Indoor

  • First-team All-America in the 4x400m relay as UK finished fifth at the NCAA Championships
  • Second-team All-America in the 60m hurdles with a 15th-place finish
  • Scored points at the SEC Championships in the 60m hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 8.12 seconds; also part of the fifth-place distance medley relay
  • Silver medalist at the SECs in the 4×400 relay, part of a school-record run of 3:28.82; received second-team All-SEC laurels for that effort
  • Personal-best 8.10 seconds in the 60 hurdles, coming at the Tiger Paw Invitational, is No. 3 in school history.

Outdoor

  • Competed in U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 100H, finishing 19th (13.09). Placed 12th in the 400H semifinals with a time of 58.00
  • Finished 4th in the 400m hurdles with a personal best time of 56.18, ranked 5th for UK all-time, earning another first team All-America honors
  • Placed sixth in the 100m hurdles at NCAA Championships (12.97), earning first team All-American
  • Advanced to the NCAA Championships in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles
  • Turned in a personal-best 12.90 seconds in the 100 hurdles, tying for No. 3 in school history
  • Bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles at the SEC Championships, with a personal-best time of 56.75 seconds that is No. 5 on the all-time UK list; received second-team All-SEC accolades
  • Also contributed points at the SEC Championships with sixth-place finishes in the 100 hurdles and the 4×400 relay
  • Picked up a win during the spring in the 400m at the Kentucky Invitational

2019-20 (Sophomore) 

  • 2020 NCAA Indoor All-American (60m Hurdles)
  • Personal-best 60m hurdles time of 8.11 at the Tiger Paw Invitational
  • No. 14 time in the NCAA in the 60m hurdles (8.11)

2018-19 (Freshman) 
Indoor

  • First Team All-America in the 4x400m relay running alongside Faith Ross, Chloe Abbott and Abby Steiner to place eighth in the NCAA final
  • SEC scorer in the 60m hurdles (seventh) and 4x400m relay (sixth)
  • Broke Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s UK freshman 60h record at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational on Feb. 8 (8.18)
  • NCAA qualifier in the 4x400m relay, and ran on the No. 6 all-time UK 4×4 (3:32.15)

Prior to UK 

  • Top-ranked 300m hurdler all four years in high school
  • Eight-time National Champion (sprint relays and shuttle hurdle)
  • Two-time National record holder (4×2, shuttle hurdle)
  • Bronze medalist at the 2018 Pan American Junior Games in 400m hurdles
  • Runner up at USATF Junior Championships in the 400m hurdles
  • Gatorade Athlete of the Year – Maryland 2018
  • Ocean breeze 400 meet record champion (sophomore and junior year)
  • Three-time All-Metropolitan Area from sophomore to senior seasons
  • All-Met Athlete of the Year (2018)
  • Maryland No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 in the 55H in 2018
  • Maryland No. 1 U.S. No. 7 in 60mH of 2018
  • Maryland No. 1 in the 300 and 500 oh sophomore year
  • U.Ss. No. 5 in 500m

 Personal 

  • Pronunciation: Mas-eye
  • Birthday: June 17
  • Parents: Sharon and Mark Russell
  • Siblings: older; Philip and Devine, younger: Zion and Solai
  • Major: Health science
  • Notes: volunteered at wider circle every Saturday for a three-month stretch in high school

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