Masterson Advances to 1,500-Meter Quarterfinals

May 27, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas - Oregon State sophomore Casey Masterson advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in the 1,500-meters with a personal best time of 4:24.98 at the NCAA Division I Track And Field West Regional in Austin, Texas Thursday.

'It was a really good way for Casey to bounce back from some of her previous races,' women's track head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'I'm very proud of her for advancing for the second year. He has struggled in the heat in the past but went out today and gave a tremendous performance.'

Masterson finished seventh out of 12 in her heat Thursday. The top-five in each heat advanced automatically to the quarterfinal race and then the next four overall times advanced which advanced her on to the quarterfinals Saturday.Masterson found herself in the fastest of the four 1,500-meter heats with eight runners advancing just from the first heat. Masterson will be running in the 1,500-meters quarterfinal race Saturday, May 27 starting at 4:45 p.m. PST.

Oregon State 1,500-meters record holder Laura Carlyle fell short of qualifying when she finished 10th in her heat with a time of 4:35.78 which is over 10 seconds off of her record time from earlier this season.

'I know she was disappointed with her time today but she has had a great season,' Sullivan said. 'It's always frustrating when your last performance is not your best but she set the school record this season and improved on it a couple times as well.'

They heat in Austin, Texas played impacted competition all day and will only continue tomorrow when football student-athletes Jordan Bishop and Obum Gwacham will be competing in the second flight of the high jump. The top-12 jumpers will advance to the National Championship finals at Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore. June 9-12.

'It will be a long day Friday for the jumpers,' Sullivan said. 'They've been looking really good in practice but it will be important to keep them well hydrated out there in the sun.'

Women's 1,500-Meter Run Heat 1
1. Zoe Buckman (Oregon) 4:23.16Q; 2. Brenda Martinez (Riverside) 4:23.20Q; 3. Alyssa Abbott (Utah) 4:24.23Q; 4. Heather Olson (Rice) 4:24.29Q; 5. Betsy Flood (Iowa) 4:24.41Q; 6. Kristen Gillespie (Arkansas) 4:24.49q; 7. Casey Masterson (Oregon State) 4:24.98q; 8. Nikki Swenson (Minnesota) 4:26.14q; 9. Victoria Pennings (Stanford) 4:28.30; 10. Elizabeth Yetzer (Minnesota) 4:32.91; 11. Mary Alenbratt (Southern Methodist) 4:38.48; 12. Courtney Oldenburg (Northern Illinois) 4:42.03; -- Nicole Braunsdorf (Drake) DNF.

Women's 1,500-Meter Run Heat 4
1. Lauren Bonds (Kansas) 4:23.57Q; 2. Mihaela Susa (Oklahoma State) 4:23.81Q; 3. Katie Wright (Tulsa) 4:23.98Q; 4. Kesslee Payne (Montana) 4:24.95Q; 5. Ashley Gibson (New Mexico) 4:26.14Q; 6. McKenzie Melander (Iowa) 4:26.94; 7. Samantha Learch (Arkansas) 4:26.99; 8. Olivia Johnson (Marquette) 4:28.59; 9. Kathryn Ritter (Minnesota) 4:33.61; 10. Laura Carlyle (Oregon State) 4:35.78; 11. Anna Sperry (Arizona State) 4:37.93; 12. Aisha Praught (Illinois State) 4:47.80; -- Kari Hardt (Arizona State) DNF.

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