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Bulldogs Recognized for Academic Excellence

Andrea Masterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andrea Masterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— The Yale women's track and field team was honored for its academic accomplishments after capping off a season filled with athletic accomplishments. This week, the USTFCCCA announced its annual All-Academic individuals and teams for the 2017-18 indoor and outdoor season. The entire Yale team earned All-Academic distinction for its impressive cumulative GPA. Additionally, Andrea Masterson received individual honors for her athletic and academic accomplishments. 

To be distinguished as an All-Academic team, a team must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 during the indoor and outdoor track season. Yale boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.53 for this season, far surpassing the minimum qualification. This impressive GPA marks an improvement from last year's cumulative GPA of 3.48, which earned the team All-Academic distinction in 2016-17.

In total, 220 women's teams were honored as All-Academic teams for the 2017-18. Yale's cumulative GPA places it as the third highest in the Ivy League and as one of the highest team averages across the nation.

Rising senior Andrea Masterson was honored for her accomplishments on and off the track, earning the distinction of an All-Academic individual. To earn individual All-Academic status, student-athletes must demonstrate a level of athletic achievement while maintaining a minimum 3.25 GPA. Athletically, a student-athlete must have finished the indoor season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event and/or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships during the outdoor season.

Masterson, an Architecture major in Jonathan Edwards College, continued her consistent progress as a Yale athlete during a phenomenal junior season. She ran personal bests in all events from the 1,500-meter run to the 10,000-meter run. These personal bests earned her spots in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in the 5,000-meter run and the 10,000-meter run. She was also an integral member of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship team in indoor and outdoor track, scoring in the 5,000-meter run indoor and 10,000-meter run outdoor.

Masterson will continue her career as a Yale athlete this fall as the captain of the cross country team. She is one of just 874 women to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2017-18 track and field season of all Division I athletes nationwide.

A complete list of All-Academic individuals can be found here and a complete list of All-Academic teams can be found here.

Report by Yale Sports Publicity