Bulldogs Cross Country BIO
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 Emma Bussard


Overview: A senior in her fifth year of competition....she is capable of leading the Big South Conference in the distance events in her final year as a Bulldog.



2011-12: Although only competing in the indoor season...her performances were seasonal and personal bests...her first personal record came at the Dick Taylor invite, where she finished third in the mile with a time of 5:09.08... two weeks later she dropped more than ten seconds off her 3k time (10:14.05)... at the Big South Championship she ran the mile, 3k and 5k...finishing in the top ten in every event. 


2010-11:  Third year athlete who is continuing her steady development and improvement...Cross Country...finished 3rd at the WCU Open...finished 13th at the Big South Preview meet...ran a collegiate best of 18:48.2 at the Royal Cross Country Challenge...finished 17th at the Big South Conference Championships (18:52)...Indoor...placed 2nd at the ASU Open in the mile in a collegiate best of 5:21.72...at the Kent Taylor Invitational ran another collegiate best in the mile (5:19.02)...at the Niswonger Invitational ran the 3k in a personal record of 10:26.98...placed 5th at the Dick Taylor Invitational in the mile running a personal record (5:09.43)...at the Big South Conference meet she ran a collegiate best of 18:22.77 in the 5k, also ran the 3k and the 1 mile, placing 5th in the 1 mile...Outdoors...opened the outdoor season with an 800m at the Palmetto Classic running 2:23.19...placed 3rd in the 5k at the 49er Classic running a PR of 17:48.65, followed that performance with a school record in the steeplechase running 11:30.39...placed 3rd at the Beynon Catamount Classic in the 1500m running a PR of 4:49.24.



2009-10:  Helped the cross country team to a 6th place showing at the Big South Conference championships with her finish...suffered through health issues during the indoor/outdoor season.



2008-09:  Solid performer freshman year...placed 13th at the Big South Conference championships in cross country...placed 10that the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic Blue Division...placed 9th & 8th at the indoor Big South Conference championships in the 3k & 5k...broke the school record in the steeplechase at the outdoor Big South Conference championships with a 5th place finish (11:45.93).



Before UNC Asheville:  Attended Carrollton High School...track team won state in 2005, 2006 and were second in state 2007, 2008...third place individual in state cross country (2004 & 2006), fifth place individual in state cross country (2007)....individual state champion in 3200 and 1600 (2005 & 2006)...fourth place in 1600 (2005 & 2006)...third place in 3200 (2007 & 2008)...school record in 1600m, 3200m and 5k...career bests of 2:23 (800m), 5:12 (1600m), 11:17 (3200m) & 18:35 (5k)... is a vegetarian who likes to cook.


Collegiate Bests:

1500m - 4:49.24

1 mile - 5:09.08

3k - 10:14.05

3k Steeplechase - 10:53.29

5k - 17:48.65

5k (xc) - 18:48.20


Position: Distance
Year: Senior
City/State: Carrolton, Ga.
High School: Carrolton
Experience: 2 Letters
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