Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012, 2013)
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2010; Spring 2011)
USA Shooting Air Rifle Junior Olympics (2009)
Season Outlook (2013-14)
One of two seniors on the Nebraska roster, Sunny Russell will be looked to for leadership on and off the range in 2013-14. The native of Stratford, Texas, qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
"As soon as the NCAA Championships were over, Sunny was already discussing ideas for the upcoming season," Nebraska Coach Stacy Underwood said. "Her passion to lead our program will help our team reach our goals."
Russell continued as one of Nebraska’s top shooters in 2012-13. She made 14 appearances in both smallbore and air rifle as a junior, helping the Huskers to a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA Championships. For the season, she averaged 569.80 in smallbore and 580 in air rifle.
A strong performer in the classroom, Russell was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and captured academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season. She was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.
Russell, a leader in the classroom, also achieved success on the rifle range during her sophomore season by appearing in nine smallbore and nine air rifle events. Russell’s season was highlighted by her career-best air rifle score of 591 at the Roger Withrow Invitational. She ended up with a 577.89 average in air rifle, which was the fourth-best on the team. Russell produced a 563 average in smallbore.
Russell continued her success in the classroom, as she earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten awards. In addition, Russell was named to the Nebraska Scholar Athlete Honor Roll both semesters.
Russell put in a solid freshman season with Nebraska, appearing in all 14 competitions as a smallbore competitor and eight in air rifle. Russell’s best performance came in only her second competition of the year, when she posted a meet-high score of 582 in smallbore. The mark ties her for the NU record for best smallbore score by a freshman and was also the highest smallbore score of the season on the team. Russell completed the season with an average of 563.36 in smallbore and 574.12 in air rifle.
Russell also shined in the classroom. She was a CRCA All-Academic Selection and earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters, earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring.
Russell finished fourth out of 131 competitors at the 2009 Texas 4-H Indoor 3-Position Smallbore Rifle Match. She also competed at the 2009 USA Shooting Air Rifle Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a National Honor Society member and an academic All-District selection in high school.
Sunny was born Aug. 18, 1992. She is the daughter of Lem and Cindy Russell and has one brother, Rustin, who competed on the rifle team at Memphis.
Sunny is majoring in child, youth and family studies. She earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten awards in 2012 and 2013. She was a CRCA All-Academic selection in 2011.
Career Statisitics Smallbore Avg. - 565.22 Air Rifle Avg. - 577.33
Career Bests Smallbore - 582 (vs. Army, 10/10/10) Air Rifle - 591 (at Roger Withrow Invitational, 1/28/12)