NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This past week, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) honored the Yale women's cross country team with team All-Academic honors. Additionally, first year Sevanne Ghazarian and junior Andrea Masterson received individual All-Academic honors.
The team excelled both on and off the course this past fall to earn the team title of All-Academic. To earn All-Academic honors, the Bulldogs needed a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Yale far surpassed this mark, averaging a cumulative team GPA of 3.58 for the fall semester. Not only does this mark an improvement of the team's GPA last fall, but it also ranks as the third-highest of the Ivy League.
Additionally, Ghazarian and Masterson both earned individual All-Academic honors. To receive this award, "Student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American in the national meet." Ghazarian and Masterson were two of just 10 from the Ivy League to earn this award in 2017.
Ghazarian, a first year from Cambridge, Ont., surpassed expectations with her immediate impact on the team. She placed 25th at Regionals with a time of 22:25.9. With three years of eligibility to go, Ghazarian will be an athlete to watch as she helps shape the future of Yale women's cross country.
Masterson, an architecture major from Seattle, Wash., excelled academically and athletically this past fall. Despite blistering conditions during the NCAA Northeast Regional, she earned 10th at the regional team to keep the team's streak of appearances at the National XC Championships alive at three years running. She placed 146th at the National Championships with a time of 21:01.6. The incoming cross country captain also received the Cleary Award for her season.
Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity