Bangor’s Masters flourishing against top competition for Sooners

Riley Masters appears to be taking his running to the next level.
Last December, he announced that he was transferring from the University of Maine to University of Oklahoma to continue his running career.
The move is already paying dividends for the former Bangor High School star.
Last Friday at the Stanford Invitational, Masters ran the fastest 1,500 meters in OU history, stopping the timer in 3 minutes, 41.8 seconds to finish fifth overall.
The junior was pushed by several runners, including three of his teammates, all of whom posted times among the top 10 in Oklahoma history.
The meet was Masters’ first in outdoor competition for the Sooners after he ran for them during the indoor season.
Masters could have remained at UMaine and continued to dominate on the tracks and cross country trails of New England and the Northeast. He had established a comfort zone and achieved tremendous success running for coach Mark Lech and the Black Bears staff during his first three seasons.
However, Masters knew he needed to up the ante if he was to continue chasing his lofty running dreams.
That meant stepping out of his comfort zone and taking on the challenge of training with and competing against runners who could perform at or above his level.
In February, Masters registered a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Big 12 Championships. Earlier in the month, he had posted a season-best 7:54.20 in winning the Tyson Food Invitational.
Indoors, Masters was part of an Oklahoma distance medley squad that set a school record in 9:30.13 and earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He also competed on the Sooners’ 4×800 relay quartet that owns the program mark at 7:26.98.
Masters, previously a two-time All-American in the mile for UMaine, appears to be rising to the challenge of competition at and above the Big 12. The experience also is providing him with the chance to experience success in the team dynamic, rather than serving as the individual face of a program.
Masters has expressed his gratitude to the coaches and competitors who have helped him become one of the state’s most successful distance runners.
As he moves forward, he will continue to represent his home state proudly as he works toward faster times with the Sooners.

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Pete is a Bangor native who graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1980. He earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He has been a full-time member of the Bangor Daily News Sports staff since 1984. Pete lives in Bangor with his wife of 32 years, Annia. They have two adult sons, Will and Paul. Pete is fluent in Spanish and enjoys visiting his in-laws and friends in Costa Rica. His hobbies including hunting, fishing and listening to jazz.