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Masterson Takes Third at ECACs, Bulldogs Compete at Twilight Invite

Andrea Masterson (photo by Steve Musco)
Andrea Masterson (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's track and field split up for their last meets of the season, competing in both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Princeton, N.J., and the West Point Twilight meet, hosted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (i.e. Army). Many members of the team closed the season out with some impressive performances. 

Most notably, in the finals of the 5,000-meter run at the ECACs, sophomore Andrea Masterson finished an impressive third place with a roaring time of 16:29.93. The time topped her previous personal best from this season by 10 seconds.  She managed to best more than 20 runners en route to the impressive finish, earning six points for the Bulldogs' total at the point. This comes at the heels of a booming performance at the Heptagonal Championship, where she placed fourth in a perfectly executed racing strategy. Just a sophomore on the team, Masterson has the potential to be one of the great long distance runners that the team has seen. Both performances crack the rankings in Yale's All-Time Top 10 list, with her best performance in the 10k making her the fourth-best and in the 5k making her the tenth-best. In any sense, this season was a definite step in the right direction towards a potentially strong next year on the team. 

Meanwhile, senior Chandler Olson finished her collegiate track career on a high note in the same 5k. She ran alongside junior Kelli Reagan, finishing with a time of 16:58.44 to drop a few seconds and earn a personal best. Meanwhile, Reagan finished a step behind her with an overall time of 16:59.73.  Senior Emily Barnes also competed in her final race of her collegiate career in the 10,00-meter run, logging a new personal best of 37:05.68. 

At the Twilight Invitational yesterday, senior Emily Waligurski also closed out her collegiate career in the 1,500-meter run. Her teammates, seniors Meredith Rizzo and Frances Schmiede, both paced her in the race through 1,200-meters. Waligurski finished the race fifth out of 20 with a season best time of 4:24.37, a strong performance to close out her collegiate career. Junior Katherine Raphael also competed in this race, finishing with a time of 4:40.80. 

Finally, sophomore Emma Lower and freshman Arianna Lord finished 1-2 in their heat of the 800-meter run. Lower finished with a time of 2:11.79, a season best that nearly matches her all-time personal best of 2:10.81. Similarly, Lord also almost matched her personal best, crossing the line in 2:14.61. 

Though the season ends for the majority of the team, a few Bulldogs who qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary will head to Lexington, Ky. next week. A release detailing who will be competing at that meet will be posted in the coming days.


Recap by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity