|Hometown:||Clifton Park, NY|
High School: Named team MVP three times during her high school career at Shenendehowa. Finished in the top-25 overall at the Nike cross country regionals during her senior season, earned the cross country Most Honored Player Award as a senior, and was a nine-time NYSPHSAA scholar-athlete. She also ran track, contributing to five Section 2 team titles, and earned All-American status in the DMR relay at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Personal: Daughter of Larry and Julie Rusch and has one sister, Katie, and her favorite athlete as Jenny Simpson. Rusch's greatest athletic experience was competing at the 2014 Nike cross country Nationals in Portland, OR. She is majoring in pharmacy at UB.