Dec. 20, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head track and field coach Martin Smith has announced Riley Masters of Bangor, Maine has signed a financial aid agreement and will enroll at the University for the 2012 spring semester. Masters comes to Oklahoma from the University of Maine, where he was an indoor standout in the mile. He is currently ranked as the fifth-best returning mile runner at the NCAA Division I level.
“We’re extremely excited to have Riley join our program,” Smith said. “He’s going to be an excellent addition to our middle distance group coming in as a 3:58 miler. With the core we already have in place, he’ll be an integral part of special things we may accomplish. He’ll aid us not only at the conference meet, but at the national meet, where we may be able to field one of the best distance medley relays in the nation, as well as the individual mile.”
Masters earned All-America honors in the mile after finishing fifth in the event at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship. He repeated as an All-American at the 2011 indoor meet. Masters broke the four-minute mile barrier when he ran 3 minutes, 58.17 seconds at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Feb. 13, 2010. He also ran 3:59.07 at Columbia’s Last Chance meet on March 6, 2010.
He won the 3,000-meter run at the 2010 America East Indoor Championships, running 8:14.66 and placed third at the NCAA Outdoor East Regionals in the 1,500 with a time of 3:43.27. Masters advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., that year and finished 11th in the event. He also won the 1,500-meter run at the IC4A Championships with a time of 3:48.27.
Masters is a two-time America East cross country individual champion and currently holds the University of Maine’s records in the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs in addition to the mile.
Masters won individual state titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs outdoors and the indoor mile as a senior at Bangor High School. The Rams won the Maine team state championship in indoor and outdoor track and field his junior season.
“I’m very excited about joining the University of Oklahoma track and field and cross country program,” Masters said. “Coach Smith has done and wonderful job. Oklahoma has become a program known for its success, and that’s something I’m looking forward to contributing to.”