PITSBURG – Allyson Masterson loves track and field, and the Franklin Monroe senior will continue pursuing that passion at Wittenberg University as she committed to the Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m thrilled because track was always my favorite sport, and to be able to continue that in college is like a dream come true for me,” the daughter of Tamie Masterson-Eley said.
In college Masterson plans to run sprints and also throw the javelin. This season Masterson has a personal-best time of 13.8 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 30.34 in the 200 meter dash.
“She’s a pretty explosive athlete,” Franklin Monroe track and field coach Rick Ingold said. “She’s a lot of strength in a very compact size, and I think that works well for her in the shorter sprints. And she’s got a lot of will. That heart, that will, that desire comes in pretty big when you’re running the sprints like that.”
With Wittenberg, Masterson said, she found a university with a great campus and great academics.
“Their campus is beautiful, especially in the fall, and their academics is something that really impressed me, and they offer a minor I was interested in,” she said.
In college Masterson plans to major in history and minor in archaeology, which is a program that not many colleges offer.
“Wittenberg also offers excavations on campus so it’s more opportunities to get experience,” she said.
During her college years Masterson’s top goal is to do well in her studies.
“Stay organized and keeping my grades up, not procrastinating,” she said. “Just the common every good student rules.”
Masterson will be joined in college by her classmate Hannah Eley, who also committed to the Wittenberg track and field team on Thursday. Along with being college teammates, they also plan to be roommates.
“Over the course of their four, five years, however long they contribute to the program there, Wittenberg, I think they’re definitely going to leave their mark there,” Ingold said.
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