AMHERST, N.Y.. – The Yale women's cross country team took on a blistering conditions at the NCAA Northeast Regionals this morning, placing fifth out of more than 30 teams. The team racked up a total of 131 points, coming up just 14 points shy of qualifying for nationals; No. 8 Providence took home the win with a total of 84 points while Dartmouth took second with 117 points.
The Bulldogs had an all-around outstanding showing at Friday's meet, with all five scoring runners finishing in the top fifth of the competitors. The team's top finisher, junior Andrea Masterson, had an especially strong meet. She took 10th place with a time of 22:11.3, topping her placement last year when she took 25th overall. Freshman Sevanne Ghazarian also performed well, finishing 20th with a time of 22:25.9. Both Ghazarian and Masterson earned All-Region honors for finishing in the top 25.
Yet other members of the team also performed very well this afternoon. Freshman Kayley DeLay, for example, just finished a few seconds off of earning All-Region honors. She finished 26th with a time of 22:30.8. Meanwhile, seniors Dana Klein and Katherine Raphael capped off their cross country careers with great contributions to the team's overall score. Klein took 30th while Raphael finished 45th, with times of 22:34.1 and 22:44.9, respectively.
Overall, the team's fifth-place performance might not make it seem like they were at all close to qualifying for Nationals. However, the difference in point totals between second and fifth was just 16 points. Even though the Bulldogs did not qualify as a team, they put up a good fight in challenging the other teams that did qualify. With three of five top-runners returning next season, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs.
Now the Bulldogs await as the individual qualifiers list is announced, as they look to see if Masterson will represent the team next weekend. A release of this announcement will be posted at yalebulldogs.com when it happens.
Results of today's meet can be found at the link above.
Recap by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity