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Masterson Nominated For NCAA Woman Of Year Award

Andrea Masterson (Tim O'Dowd ohoto)
Andrea Masterson (Tim O'Dowd ohoto)

Cross Country, Track Star Excelled For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Andrea Masterson, one of the most accomplished runners in Yale women's cross country history, has been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Masterson, who received the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award during graduation weekend in May, became just the sixth Bulldog and the first since 2006 to win the Ivy League Heptagonal Individual Championship last fall. She had finished second as a junior.

Masterson, who served as the 2018-19 cross country captain, was a three-time NCAA Championship participant, finishing a career-best 59th in the nation last fall. She was a three-time All-Northeast Region and two-time All-Ivy selection and finished in the top 10 in the Northeast Region in each of the last three years. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the team's Stanley-Cleary Award, presented to the student-athlete who excels in dedication, commitment, and inspiration to the sport of cross country.

During her career, the Bulldogs earned a pair of second-place Ivy League finishes, were in the top four in each of her four seasons and earned a spot in the 2016 NCAA Championship.

In addition to her cross country success, Masterson also was a significant contributor in the distance events for the indoor and outdoor track & field teams. She has earned her way onto Yale's fastest time list in four events and competed in the 10,000 run at the Outdoor NCAA Regionals this spring.

Masterson, an architecture major, also excelled in the classroom. She earned Academic All-Ivy recognition last fall and has been named to the USTFCCCA Northeast Region All-Academic team.

A record 585 female college athletes were nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.

Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Athletics Strategic Communication