Masciarelli Named November Athlete of the Month

USA Track & Field New England proudly announces Sydney Masciarelli of Marianapolis Prep School as our November 2018 Athlete of the Month! Sydney earned this award after a solid cross country season, racing in both the High School and USATF Level. Living in Massachusetts yet commuting to school over the Connecticut border, the 15 year old sophomore has certainly proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the local running scene. Entering the USATF NE radar at Wayland XC, Masciarelli won that XC race in a 17:41, and set a new course and all time record in the process. Later in the month, Sydney dropped a 17:04 at the prestigious Boston Mayor’s Cup, beating out local elites and Team USA members in the process. Were she to run that time at the NCAA D1 Battle in Beantown Race that happens each year over the same course, Masciarelli would most likely have won, as she had a faster time that the first place finisher from Providence. Not done yet, Sydney came back to Franklin Park for more in November for the 2018 USATF New England XC Championships, placing 6th overall!

What makes all of this more impressive, is that Sydney balanced theses great times while also running cross country at the high school level. Sydney won the New Balance Northeast regional in November in a 17:12. A few weeks later at the National Foot Locker race, Mascarelli kicked down a runner from the midwest to place first overall in the country.

What's next for New England’s newest rising star? Well, according to Sydney, its basketball season.

Full interview:

1) Could you tell me a bit about your races at Footlocker, Mayors Cup and New Englands? Could you tell me a bit about your mindset heading into the races i.e what you were hoping to accomplish, any goals you had set for yourself?

Footlocker I just wanted to come in top 10 and run my own race/pace, and finish off my first high school cross country season on a high note. At the Mayor's cup I wanted to learn how to run in a pack and get exposure to professional competition. I also wanted to challenge myself because the completion I was facing wasn't very difficult for me. New England's was a very muddy course and I just wanted to run under 18 minutes and be there for my teammates when they crossed the finish line.

1a) You have raced in both the High School leagues as well as against the local post-collegiate/professional talent in New England. Specifically, at Mayor's Cup and New Englands, you raced and beat current Team USA members. Does your approach change when entering a local elite race vs a high school race?

I approach every race with the same mindset, just to run my best race no matter the circumstances or conditions, and to not let my nerves affect my performance in a negative way.

What is your favorite event to compete in?

5k, and 1500m

3) What are some of your favorite things to do outside of running?

Yoga and biking

4) What’s up next for you? Any races on the horizon that you will be running in?

No, I am just focusing on basketball right now.

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