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Bulldogs Record Strong Finishes at Pre-Nationals

Kayley DeLay. (photo by Calleigh Higgins '18)
Kayley DeLay. (photo by Calleigh Higgins '18)

MADISON, Wis. – Despite challenging conditions and frost delays, the Yale women's cross country team fared remarkably well against highly ranked competition. Overall, the team finished 11th in a deep field and was led by senior Andrea Masterson.

The weather in Madison was frigid, with temperatures in the low thirties with wind chill. The races Saturday morning were delayed due to heavy frost on the course. For the Bulldogs, this presented itself as a considerable challenge having been used to the temperate conditions of the New Haven fall this year.

The Bulldogs finished 11th in the White Race, which included top-ranked teams from across the nation such as New Mexico, Michigan, and Stanford. Yale was the top Ivy League and East Region team finisher, which bodes well for the upcoming championship competitions.

The top-five point scorers were all tightly packed, finishing within 1 minute and 8 seconds of one another and in the top half of the field of nearly 240 athletes.

Captain Andrea Masterson was the top finisher for Yale, leading the team yet again. She finished 27th overall in a deep field filled with previous All-Americans. She crossed the line in a time of time of 20:52.

Jocelyn Chau recorded a remarkable finish in her first Division I national level competition, exemplifying her ability to perform under pressure. She positioned herself well over the 6k course, moving up ten spots between the 4k mark and the finish. She finished 54th overall with a time of 21:16.

Sophomores Sevanne Ghazarian and Kayley DeLay crossed the line in similar times of 21:40 and 21:43, respectively, both finishing in the top 100. DeLay paced herself phenomenally well over the 6k course and passed 28 people between 4k and the finish.

Jane Miller had a breakout race and finished in fifth for Yale, scoring for the first time this season. She ran a time of 22:00, and after moving up 22 spots in the final 2k, earned herself a place of 119th. This is the third straight race that Miller set a new lifetime best, despite the challenging conditions.

First-year Morgan McCormick and junior Arianna Lord finished sixth and seventh for the Bulldogs. McCormick crossed the line in a time of 22:14 and Lord finished in a time of 22:52.

The Bulldogs finish today in spite of freezing conditions and delays is remarkable. The Yale athletes demonstrated an ability to close well and pass a substantial number of athletes over the final kilometers of the race. Today's performance in a large, high caliber field on the NCAA Championship course is promising for the fast approaching championship season.

The varsity squad will take next weekend off from racing to prepare for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship on Oct. 27. A subset of the team will be racing on Friday at the CCSU Mini Meet.

Full results can be found here

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.