NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For the third straight year, senior Andrea Masterson will be heading to the NCAA National Championship. Following the conclusion of the regional competitions yesterday, the NCAA Committee announced the at-large qualifiers for the NCAA Championship at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Thirty-one teams and an additional thirty-eight individuals who do not qualify on teams are selected to participate at the NCAA National Championship. The top two teams from the nine regions automatically qualify, as do the top four individual finishers who do not qualify on teams.
The rest of the qualifying teams and individuals are selected by the NCAA based on their performances during the season. Masterson was selected as an at-large individual competitor, a well-deserved selection based on her stellar season.
Masterson finished in sixth overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Friday. While it was a significant improvement over her tenth place finish last year, it was just off an automatic individual qualification. However, her stellar performances over the course of the season secured her a spot on the line at the National Championship.
This will be the second consecutive year Masterson will head to the NCAA National Championship as an individual qualifier and third consecutive year she will compete there, having qualified with the team in 2016. To consistently make appearances at a national level from sophomore year onwards is an impressive feat.
This accomplishment exemplifies Masterson's consistency and improvement as a cross country athlete while at Yale. Given the Ivy League title and high finishes she has recorded at competitions this year so far, the NCAA National Championship will be another exciting opportunity to see Masterson race.
Report by Yale Sports Publicity.