BOSTON, Mass.-- The Yale women's cross country team narrowly finished in second on Friday afternoon, led by senior Andrea Masterson who defended her Harvard-Yale-Princeton title. Several first year athletes also had impressive debuts and were critical in helping the team to the second-place finish.
As expected, there was a close battle for the team title between the Ivy rivals. Yale repeated its second-place team finish from last season, this time narrowing the gap on Princeton. Princeton edged out the Bulldogs by one point, 32 to 33. Harvard finished third with 59 points.
The spread of the top five point scorers shows promise for the team's ability to work together as a lead pack. All five athletes finished in the top 12 overall and within 35 seconds of each other.
Masterson exhibited her ability as a seasoned cross country athlete in her season opener. She repeated her title in a dominant fashion, finishing eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner with a time of 17:25.24 for the 5k course at Franklin Park. Remarkably, this is an over 30-second improvement from the last time she ran this course her first Harvard-Yale-Princeton trigonal meet.
First years Jocelyn Chau and Morgan McCormick played crucial roles in the Bulldogs' team success today. Chau was the second Yale athlete to cross the line, finishing third overall with a time of 17:39.53. Finishing as the third Yale athlete was McCormick. She ran a time of 17:57.83, a time just off her lifetime best. Based on today's performance, it is clear that these athletes will be valuable additions to the Yale team for the upcoming season.
Kayley DeLay recorded another top-10 finish for the Bulldogs, running a time of 18:02.56 which earned her 10th place. She was followed closely by fellow sophomore Sevanne Ghazarian, who finished in 12th place and ran a time of 18:09.87.
Junior Jane Miller opened up her season in an impressive manner and ran a collegiate-best time of 18:45.53, finishing 22nd overall. Not far behind was Arianna Lord, who finished 24th with a time of 19:00.71. As a traditionally middle-distance athlete, this is a particularly solid finish for Lord and she will be an athlete to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
Megan Quimby, Samantha Friborg, Lauren Chapey and Hannah Steffke rounded out the group of Bulldogs today. Quimby crossed the line in lifetime best time of 19:28.39. Notably, each athlete that raced last weekend significantly improved on her time from the Fordham Fiasco.
The season ahead looks bright for the Yale women's cross country team. The Bulldogs exhibited their ability to work together at the front of the group, as well as their depth across the entire team marked by the number of collegiate bests earned today. Complete results can be found here.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.