THIS SEASON: Kristin Byrne begins her first season of running track at USC. She competed in cross country in the Fall for USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Byrne is a 2007 graduate of Rochester Adams (Mich.) High...Placed 57th at the MHSAA Championships held on November 4, 2006 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. with a PR of 19:12.9 and helped lead her team to its first-ever Division I state cross country title...The senior captain was given credit for the victory by her head coach Budd Ciccarelli, "All of the sudden she found some legs and started passing people. I think that was the difference"...Also helped Rochester Adams to the league title, placing 22nd at the championship meet with a time of 19:49.4...In her first meet of the season, the West Bloomfield Invitational, placed 19th with a time of 21:02.5...She was named the Dr. Pepper Athlete of the Week for Sept. 7, 2006, Cross Country Academic All-State in 2006 and Cross Country Team Academic All-State from 2004-06...Also selected the Reynolds-White Scholar Athlete Award in 2007...Was her high school Class of 2007 Top Scholar, Student Body Executive Board Vice President (2006-07), National High School Honor Society member (2005-07), Junior and Sophomore Class VP and Freshman Class student council secretary.
PERSONAL: Is a business major at USC and would like to someday own her own business...One of her favorite pastimes is photography...Lists her favorite television show as Grey's Anatomy...Kristin's favorite foods are lobster and chocolate, but points out not together!...Someday would like to visit Southern France, England and Northern Italy and would also like to learn how to fence...Says her most thrilling sports moment was helping her high school win its first-ever cross country state title and doing so on a sixth-man tie-breaker.