NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This afternoon at the Course at Yale, junior Andrea Masterson took first by a wide margin at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. Meanwhile, the Yale women's cross country team took second, besting Harvard's squad but falling to an impressive Princeton showing. Yale scored 39 points, while Princeton took 32 points and Harvard took 59 points.
"I was really happy with how the team ran today. It was a good first meet for us with some new faces leading the way," said women's cross country coach Amy Gosztyla of the meet. "[Masterson] had a dominating performance, which was exciting to see. First year Kayley DeLay had an outstanding first meet in a Yale uniform finishing second overall. I'm happy the team worked so well together from the gun today."
Masterson led the team by an impressive margin, dropping an impressive time of 13:45 in the 4K course. Just as impressive, first year DeLay showed herself to be an immediate impact runner on the team, finishing with a time of 13:55. She placed second in the first meet of her collegiate career.
The rest of the varsity seven did a great job of pacing each other. This pack of women was led by senior Dana Klein, who finished ninth in 14:16. Meanwhile, first year Sevanne Ghazarian had an impressive first run, finishing fourth on the team and 13th overall with a time of 14:24. The young talent of DeLay and Ghazarian very early on will definitely be an important aspect to watch in the coming weeks. The final scorer on the team was senior Katherine Raphael, who finished just behind Ghazarian in 14:25 for 15th. Meanwhile, not too far behind, senior Melissa Fairchild and Gabrielle Rinne finished 19th and 25th in 14:49 and 14:59, respectively.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the Panorama Farms Invitational at the University of Virginia, where the varsity seven will get the first chance to compete against a vast field of highly competitive teams. A preview of that meet will be posted as the date approaches.
Recap by Ariel A. Sanchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity