Masterson Finishes 11th at the West Region Finals
May 30, 2009
Eugene, Ore. – Freshman Casey Masterson wrapped up the 2009 season for the Oregon State women’s track team with an 11th place finish at the NCAA West Regional held at Hayward Field on Saturday.
With a time of 4:31.29, Masterson was less than a second outside the top 10.
Masterson qualified for Saturday’s 12-runner final with a time of 4:25.02, a school record, in the first heat on Friday.
Winning the 1,500-meters regional championship was Brenda Martinez of UC Riverside with a time of 4:22.31.
In a year that was riddled with injuries and illnesses, Masterson has been the biggest bright spot for OSU track this season. Including Friday’s time, Masterson broke and re-set the new school record in the 1,500-meters three times this season as well as running the fourth fastest time in OSU history in the 800-meters (2:11.29).
Masterson is only the third OSU runner to compete at regionals since the program’s return in 2004. In 2006 Ashley Younce qualified in the 5,000-meters and Lauren Denfeld qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2007 and 2008.
1,500m Final Results: 1. Brenda Martinez, UC Riverside 4:22.31; 2. Lauren Centrowitz, Stanford 4:23.57; 3. Lisa Egami, Washington State 4:23.84; 4. Alicia Follmar, Stanford 4:23.84; 5. Alexandra Kosinski, Oregon 4:24.08; 6. Katie Palmer, BYU 4:24.66; 7. Christine Babcock, Washington 4:26.96; 8. Madeline Duhon, Stanford 4:27.68; 9. Kailey Campbell, Washington 4:27.79; 10. Lauren Mulkey, Cal Poly-SLO 4:30.61; 11. Casey Masterson, Oregon State 4:31.29; 12. Nicole Bowler, San Francisco 4:32.68.
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