NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's cross country team will take on Ivy League rivals Harvard and Princeton this Friday. More than half the roster will be racing at the historic Harvard-Yale-Princeton trigonal meet.
The meet will be hosted by Harvard at Franklin Park in Boston. The past several years, the team champion crown has been passed between the three teams. The last three years a different team has won each year: Harvard in 2015, Yale in 2016 and Princeton in 2017. As an early season competition featuring nearly half of the Ivy League, this race is an invaluable opportunity to glimpse the intra-league competition. Yale will look to build off a second-place team finish from last year.
Women's head cross country coach Amy Gosztyla is looking forward to the opportunity this meet presents.
"The team has been training hard the past three weeks, and this competition will be our first opportunity to test our fitness against our biggest rivals," Gosztyla said. "We have a combination of returners and new faces that will contribute this season, so this meet will be a great opportunity for the team to implement working together and competing for the win."
The team will be led by senior captain Andrea Masterson, who is opening up her final season for Yale on Friday. Last year on her home course at the Yale Golf Course, Masterson blew away the competition and won the race by 10 seconds. As an experienced athlete at the regional and national level, she will look to continue her consistent success during her final season as a Yale athlete.
Sophomores Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian from the varsity squad last season will be immediate contributors to the team success. DeLay impressively finished second in this meet last year in her Yale debut, crossing the line only behind Masterson. Last season DeLay and Ghazarian both earned All-Ivy recognition as first years, a rare accomplishment.
Junior Jane Miller will also be a returner from the varsity squad. During her career at Yale she has improved tremendously in the long distance events, making her a scoring contender for the upcoming cross country season.
The beginning of the first years' Yale careers is an especially exciting aspect of the upcoming meet. Given their accomplishments on and off the track before coming to Yale, many of these women are likely to be immediate scorers.
Morgan McCormick, after completing a decorated career as a Wilton High School (Conn.) athlete, will be a new athlete to watch on Friday. She boasts a personal record of 17:50 in the 5k and finished 17th at the Foot Locker National Championship in 2017.
Although considered middle-distance specialists, first years Jocelyn Chau and Samantha Friborg could also make an impact on the cross country course. Chau is coming off a phenomenal track season that culminated in a World Championship qualification in the 1500-meter run. Her talent is not only in the middle-distance events; she also owns a personal best of 9:21.99 in the 3000-meter run. Friborg will be racing her first cross country race on Friday. Her strength and speed are apparent from her impressive personal record of 2:06 in the 800-meter run, which could carry over well into the cross country season.
Kosana Weir will also be debuting and is someone to keep an eye on, having run under 10 minutes for the 3000-meter run as well.
A strong contingent of sophomores and juniors will also be racing, adding depth to the Yale team. Junior middle-distance specialist Arianna Lord will be debuting, joining fellow juniors Lauren Chapey and Hannah Steffke. Both Steffke and Chapey will be looking to build off their season openers from the Fordham Fiasco.
The women's race takes off at 1:30 p.m. and results will be posted at www.yalebulldogs.com once available.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.