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Masterson Wins Ivy League Championship

Andrea Masterson. (photo by Sideline Photos/The Ivy League)
Andrea Masterson. (photo by Sideline Photos/The Ivy League)

PRINCETON, N.J.— Senior captain Andrea Masterson battled through grueling conditions to win the individual title at the Ivy League Cross Country Championship. The team finished in the top half of the field.

Rain showers the night before and throughout the morning left the course muddy for Saturday mornings races. The temperatures were low, and rain continued during the women's race, making for especially challenging conditions.

Nonetheless, Masterson displayed her patience, endurance, and grit over the 6k course in her final Ivy League Cross Country Championship. She moved up steadily from 2k onwards. She passed through the 2k marker in 15th place but did not stay in that position for long. By the time of the next split, she had moved up to the front of the lead pack.

In the final mile of the race, she took the lead and only expanded on that in the final part of the race, stringing out the entire field in the process. By the time she crossed the line, she was six seconds ahead of the second-place runner, finishing with a time of 20:43.

Masterson's win is the first time in recent history a Yale woman has won the individual title. Winning the title of Ivy League Champion is a remarkable accomplishment that only adds to the historic, record-breaking cross country career Masterson has had at Yale so far. 

Kayley DeLay and Jocelyn Chau joined Masterson in the top 10, recording two more impressive finishes for the Bulldogs. DeLay and Chau finished less than a second apart from each other, crossing the line in 21:07.2 and 21:07.7, respectively.

Morgan McCormick and Sevanne Ghazarian rounded out the group of scorers for the day, finishing 35th and 39th. McCormick ran a time of 21:38 and Ghazarian a time of 21:42. Jane Miller crossed the line as the sixth Bulldog athlete with a time not far off her personal best, 22:04, despite challenging conditions. 

Lauren Chapey, Arianna Lord and Megan Quimby competed fiercely at their first Ivy League Cross Country Championship. Lord and Quimby recorded strong finishes within two seconds of each other. Chapey had a solid finish as well and rounded out the Bulldog finishers of the day.

As a team, the Bulldogs came in fourth overall. Columbia was the team champion and Dartmouth was the runner-up. Princeton narrowly finished third, edging out Yale by just a few points.

Masterson established herself in Yale cross country history today, earning herself the honor of Ivy League Champion and continuing her upward trajectory of an already phenomenal season. Overall the Bulldogs pushed through grueling conditions today to record a solid team finish. The team will recover from the effort with a weekend off of racing this week before heading to Buffalo, N.Y., to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship to try to earn a spot at NCAA Nationals.

Full results can be found here

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity