MADISON, Wisc. – Senior Andrea Masterson ended her Yale cross country career on a high note on Saturday, recording a 59th place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship.
As expected, temperatures were low for the race in Madison, making for frigid racing conditions. However, Masterson proved herself well-prepared for the temperatures and able to record her best finish at the NCAA National Championship in the last three years.
She ran a time of 20:45 this year to earn herself a spot in the top 60 athletes nationwide, improving nearly 10 seconds on her performance from earlier this season on the same course. Her finish on Saturday was her highest finish at the national championship yet. In 2016 she finished 195th, followed by a 146th place finish last year.
Improving on her finish by nearly 100 places in a year, within a field of the nation's best athletes, is a remarkable accomplishment.
Early on the race, Masterson established herself near the front of the field of more than 250 runners. She consistently remained in the top 60 athletes over the course of the race, exemplifying her endurance and patience as an athlete.
This accomplishment is a fitting way to cap off an incredible career as a Yale athlete. Masterson has established herself as one of the best athletes in Yale cross country history over the past four years and particularly during this past season.
Kicking off the season with a victory at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton trigonal meet and continuing her upward trajectory with an Ivy League individual title and at-large nationals' qualification, her finish at the NCAA National Championship is a fitting way to end the phenomenal season.
Head women's cross country coach Amy Gosztyla has noticed the growth of Masterson's abilities of the past four years, which has culminated in her finish at the NCAA National Championship on Saturday.
"Andrea has been a complete joy to coach over the past four cross country seasons. She is a consistent and steady worker, and that is why she has improved each and every year at Yale," Gosztyla explained.
Masterson is ending this season having established herself as the top Ivy League athlete and among the nation's best. Her career as a Yale cross country athlete has concluded but during the track season, she will undoubtedly be an athlete to watch at the conference, regional and national levels.
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Report by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity