BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Yale women's cross country team took third overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. Remarkably, the top three Yale athletes finished in the top 20 of a field of nearly 250 athletes.
Conditions proved challenging in Buffalo, with flurries of snow and cold temperatures throughout the morning. However, yet again, the Bulldogs proved their toughness in harsh weather and finished strong as a team.
Yale recorded the highest team finish in recent years and improved on their fifth-place finish from last season. All scorers for the Bulldogs finished in the top 30 of the field.
Andrea Masterson led the Bulldogs and significantly improved on her finish from last year, coming in sixth overall with a time of 22:00. She was closely followed by first-year Morgan McCormick who had a breakout race, crossing the line in a time of 22:14, good for 12th place. In her first-ever regional championship, McCormick earned herself All-Region distinction, a remarkable accomplishment.
Kayley DeLay built on her recent high finish at the Ivy League Championship and finished 20th overall (22:21), finishing third for the Bulldogs. Again, DeLay proved her incredible endurance and moved up 14 spots over the second half of the course.
First-year Jocelyn finished in a scoring position for the Bulldogs, continuing the trend she began in her debut race as a Yale athlete. She crossed the line in 26th place and ran a time of 22:27. Not far behind was Sevanne Ghazarian, who finished in 35th with a time of 22:35.
Based on their finish today, the Bulldogs will have to wait for an announcement official announcement from the NCAA about whether they receive an at-large bid for the NCAA National Championships. Nonetheless, their impressive performance today puts them in a solid position to do so. Once the NCAA determines the at-large bids, an announcement can be found at www.yalebulldogs.com.
Meet results can be found here.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.