Kianna  Ruff

Kianna Ruff

St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
McCluer South-Berkeley


XC/Middle Dist./Sprints

Year (XC/In/Out):

4K: 16:23.50 (2012)
5K: 19:01.11 (2013)
6K: 23:33.22 (2013)

400m: 55.88 (2011)
800m: 2:06.84 (2013)
Mile: 5:07.67 (2014)

200m: 24.44 (H.S.)
400m: 54.20 (H.S.)
800m: 2:04.85 (2012)
1500m: 4:36.71 (2013)



2011 Outdoor 4x400mR 7th, 3:32.15

2012 Indoor 4x400mR 6th, 3:34.13

2011 Indoor 4x400mR 5th, 3:36.16
2011 Indoor 800m 6th, 2:08.19
2011 Outdoor 800m 6th, 2:07.97
2011 Outdoor 4x400mR 7th, 3:38.62

2012 Indoor 4x400mR 4th, 3:34.76
2012 Indoor 800m 6th, 2:08.35
2012 Outdoor 4x400mR 3rd, 3:33.85
2012 Outdoor 800m 5th, 2:04.85

2013 Indoor DMR 4th, 11:23.77
2013 Indoor 4x400mR 6th, 3:39.40

2014 Outdoor 800m 5th, 2:06.13

  • Five-time USTFCCCA All-American (four times with 4x400m relay and once with DMR)
  • Two-time NCAA Scorer
  • Ten-time SEC scorer
  • 2011 SEC Indoor All-Freshman Team (800m)
  • 2011 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field
  • 2011 and 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Winner of 2011 Lady Vol Indoor & Outdoor Freshman of the Year and Lady Vol Captain's Award

  • 2014 SEC Outdoor Scorer in 800m
  • 11th at SEC Indoor Championship in 800m with time of 2:08.87
  • Début in mile run at Kentucky finishing in 5:07.67
  • Earned fifth in 500m at Va. Tech Invite (1/18)
    Scored for UT in 800m at SECs by placing 5th with a time of 2:06.13
  • Third in 400m at Tennessee Challenge
  • Season best finish of 2:07.05 for second in 800m at Tennessee Relays
  • Ran on all four of Tennessee's first place relay teams: 4x100 (TN Relays), 4x400 (TN Challenge), 4x800(FL Relays & TN Relays)

  • Improved 6k time to career best of 23:33.22 at the Mountain Dew Invitational
  • Finished 5th for the Lady Vols at the Louisville Classic, to improve career best 5k time of 19:01.11

  • Two-time indoor scorer (wDMR, 4th, 11:23.77; w4x400mR, 6th, 3:39.40)
  • Improved her personal best time at the Alex Wilson Invitational, finishing seventh in 2:06.84
  • Competed with both relays at the SEC Championships, finishing fourth with the DMR and sixth with the 4x400mR...Also competed in the 800m prelims, finishing in 2:09.46 to place third in her heat
  • Ran the Olympic Development 800m at the Tyson Invitational, finishing second after teammate Nijgia Snapp in a personal record 2:07.48
  • Competed in the Championship division of the 800m at the Armory Invitational, finishing seventh in a season-best time of 2:08.24...Ran a 3:40.97 4x400 mR and placed 8th
  • Was the runner up in the 800m at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge with a time of 2:09.32...Placed 6th in the 4x400mR with a time of 3:50.16...Placed 2nd in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 11:34.95
  • Did some speed work in the 500m at the Virginia Tech Invitational, placing third and earning a personal record time of 1:11.86...With a time of 3:47.27, finished in 4th place in the 4x400mR...With a time of 11:31.37, placed 1st in the Distance Medley Relay
  • Kicked off her season at the Kentucky Invitational, competing in the 800m, finishing in 2:11.19 to place third...Finished third in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 11:37.30
  • NCAA East Qualifier time of 2:05.63 in 800m
  • 4th in 800m at SEC Championships with time of 2:06.08
  • 2nd in 400m at Sea Ray Relays with 55.13
  • Career best of 4:36.71 in 1500m at MSU Conference Challenge

  • Ran in her first Lady Vol cross country meet, finishing the 4K Belmont Opener in a personal best 16:23.50, placing 47th overall and sixth on the team
  • Earned a new 5K career best at the Crimson Classic, finishing in 19:45.84 to place eighth on the team and 82nd overall

  • USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America Second Team (4x400mR)
  • USTFCCCA Indoor All-America First Team (4x400mR) and Second Team (DMR)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll member
  • Ran third leg for UT's sixth-place 4x400m relay at the NCAA Indoor meet, helping that unit to a season-best time of 3:34.13 and USTFCCCA Indoor All-American First Team honors
  • Garnered second-team acclaim as the 800m leg with the distance medley relay, which was 11th in 11:26.02
  • Placed fourth at SEC Indoors with UT's 4x400m relay unit (3:34.76), running the third leg
  • Finished sixth in the SEC Indoor 800 meters for the second year in a row, crossing the line in 2:08.35
  • Won the Gold Division 800m at the Akron Invitational, logging a lifetime best of 2:07.64
  • Started the season fifth in the 800m in 2:11.18 at the Kentucky Invitational
  • Lowered her mark to 2:10.20 to finish seventh at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge
  • Ran on sixth-place 4x400m relay unit at A&M that clocked in at 3:38.18
  • Ran the 400m in 55.96 at the Auburn Invitational
  • Ran with the 4x400m relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships but did not advance beyond the semifinals despite a season-best time of 3:31.57
  • Competed in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, helping the unit advance to the national meet with a season-best time of 3:33.59 that ranked fourth among the qualifiers
  • Also ran the 800m at the NCAA East meet, logging a 2:09.29 mark in the first round and not advancing
  • Lowered her 800m PR to 2:04.85, earning fifth at the SEC Championships
  • Contributed to the third-place finish of the 4x400m relay team in a time of 3:33.85
  • Finished second in the 400m in 54.34 and led off UT's winning 4x400m relay (3:41.05) at the UCLA/Washington State Double Dual
  • Produced a 1500m readout of 4:41.80 and helped the UT 4x400m relay to fourth place (3:44.63) at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge
  • Charted a then-PR in the 800m at 2:07.11 in a second-place finish at the Tennessee Challenge and led off UT's victorious 4x400m relay tandem (3:45.09)
  • Improved PR to 2:06.32 to finish fourth in the Showcase 800 meters at the Sea Ray Relays
  • Anchored UT to victory in the Showcase 4x400m relay in 3:39.37 at that meet as well
  • Ran on UT's runner-up distance medley relay (11:03.53) and runner-up 4x800m relay (8:27.04) at the 118th Penn Relays

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  • USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America First Team (4x400mR)
  • USTFCCCA Indoor All-America Second Team (4x400mR)
  • SEC Indoor All-Freshman Team
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Lady Vol Indoor & Outdoor Freshman of the Year
  • Lady Vol Captain's Award winner
  • Earned second-team All-America accolades on UT's ninth-place 4x400m relay (3:35.12)
  • Fifth at SECs with that unit in 3:36.16
  • Anchored both of those quartets
  • Finished sixth in the 800m at SEC Indoors in 2:08.19
  • Notched her indoor PR of 2:08.02 to wind up third at the Texas A&M Challenge
  • Ran indoor 400m best of 55.85 in prelims at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational
  • Moved to sixth on UT's all-time performers list in the 600m with a third-place 1:32.77 readout at the Hokie Invitational
  • First-team All-American with UT's 4x400m relay, helping that group to seventh at the NCAA meet in 3:32.15
  • Also on the seventh-place SEC Outdoor unit
  • Aided Tennessee's third-place 4x800m cause at Penn Relays (8:27.29)
  • On winning 4x4 and DMR at Sea Ray Relays
  • Sixth in the 800m at the SEC Outdoor meet in a career-best 2:07.97
  • Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round but did not advance
  • Sixth at USA Junior Championships in 2:10.74...Logged 400m outdoor best of 54.79

  • Redshirted in her first season at UT
  • Named to 2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

  • Won the 800m at the 2010 AAU Junior Olympics in a career-best 2:09.46
  • Also victorious at the AAU Area 10 National Qualifier and AAU Ozark District Qualifier leading up to the national meet
  • Won 800m and 400m titles at the 2010 Missouri Class 3 State Cha mpionships and had a 400 crown in 2009 as well
  • Was state runner-up in the 800m in 2008 and 2009, and in the 400m in 2008
  • Helped MS-BHS win four state team titles during her career
  • Ran a 5K cross country race as a junior, finishing in 22:00.78
  • Member of National Honor Society

  • Born July 18, 1992, in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Majoring in business
  • Parents are Kimberly Ruff and Derek Johnson
  • Has twin siblings, Eric and Erica
  • Recipient of the Audrine Clinton Honey Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund


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