BOSTON— In an early season opener, Andrea Masterson raced to a new lifetime best.
On Saturday, as expected, the field at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener hosted by Boston University was stacked. In particular, the women's 5,000-meter run included a substantial number of All-American athletes. The top runners of the day were just three seconds off the indoor 5,000-meter run national record.
In a stacked field of competitors, Masterson held her own and proved herself among the nation's top athletes. She improved on her personal best by nearly 10 seconds, running a time of 16:15. Her previous lifetime best was 16:23.
It is even more remarkable that Masterson was able to transition so smoothly into Saturday's indoor track competition, giving the long, challenging cross country season she just completed. Just two weeks ago, she competed at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship.
Not only is this an improvement on her personal best, but this performance also places Masterson in the top three Yale athletes all-time for the indoor 5,000-meter run.
This is the fastest time recorded in the 5,000-meter run in over a decade and is just behind the times recorded by the O'Neill twins in 2003. Kate O'Neill, the indoor record holder, went on to compete in the 2004 Olympics, putting Masterson in good company near the top of the record board.
Masterson's performance today is promising for what the rest of the indoor and outdoor track season holds for her.
Complete results can be found here.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.