No. 29 Bulldogs Take Second Amidst Many PRs, Schmiede '17 Represented UVA at Today's Meet.
EARLYSVILLE, Va. – The Yale women's cross country team competed in the Panorama Farms Invitational this morning, placing second out of eleven teams. No. 29 Yale earned a total of 67 points in a competitive race, falling only to the University of Virginia who scored a total of 41 points. Southern Methodist University placed third with 97 points.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs saw a familiar face in the race today, as recent alumna Frances Schmiede '17 competed for the University of Virginia. The star runner placed second in today's race with a personal best of 17:10.4.
"I'm really excited with how the team ran today. The women worked very well together and moved up with strong finishes over the last 2k of the race," said women's cross country coach Amy Gosztyla. "[Junior Andrea Masterson] is having a break out season, leading our team last week and again today. She did a great job putting herself in the top of the field right from the beginning. It's great to see her and the team's confidence grow from each race this season."
It's no surprise that Masterson took the lead yet again. She ran from the front from the beginning, splitting 6:51 for the first 2k for an average pace of 5:30/mile. She was in fourth already and within striking distance of the leading runner of the race. Masterson was able to hang on to this pace and finish fifth overall with a personal best time of 17:35.1.
Yet the team also had an impressive split of just 41 seconds between the first and fifth scorer, the second lowest of any team. This number reflects that the team is doing a good job early on in the season on working off each other's energy in larger races. Running behind Masterson were a pack of four Bulldogs who eventually scored the remaining points for the point. This is definitely a good sign as it Early on in the 2k split, freshman Sevanne Ghazarian and Kayley DeLay led this pack with seniors Dana Klein and Katherine Raphael tailing just a few seconds behind.
In the end, Ghazarian had a strong second race, finishing seventh with a time of 17:44.0 on her collegiate debut of the 5k, just nine seconds behind Masterson. Klein was next to finish, taking 14th with a time of 17:53.6. DeLay took third on the team and 19th overall with a time of 18:01.8. Raphael took 23rd with a personal best of 18:16.1.
Other members of the team that ran personal bests today include senior Julia Borowski who ran a time of 19:22.4, as well as sophomores Jane Miller and Hannah Steffke, who ran times of 19.19.9 and 19:46.3, respectively.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the New England Championships in Boston in just two weeks. More information about the race will be posted as the date approaches.
Recap by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity.