Where Are They Now? Bangor’s Riley Masters
Years ago Riley Masters of Bangor was setting records for the Bangor Rams and the UMaine Black Bears on the track. In 2017 the Maine runner is still competing and going strong.
In high school Masters ran for the Bangor High School team and helped guide the Rams to a state title in both indoor and outdoor track during his junior year. Along with the team honor, he also took home individual honors for the state competition in the 1,600 meter, 3,200 meter, and indoor mile events as a Senior. His high school prowess allowed him to be named the EMITL most outstanding performer in both indoor and outdoor track in 2008 and continued his career in Orono for UMaine.
Masters continued his quick pace at the next level with the Black Bears, and became a two-time all-American, along with a fifth place finish in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship. He racked up a number of school and America East conference records while running for the Black Bears’ team, but ultimately decided to transfer to run for the Oklahoma Sooners in December of 2011.
The move south for Masters continued his run of success and accolades as he finished second in the Razorback invitational for the mile event and was a part of a record setting 4x400 meter relay team with the Sooners. He ended his career at Oklahoma with the program record in 1,500 meter, distance medley relay, and 4x800 meter relay.
After college Masters has sported a career-best 3:56.15 mile in a competition in Boston back in February of 2015, and also logged a sub-4 minute mile in an outdoor event in Cork, Ireland.
Recently, Masters has run all over the world, and advanced to the 5,000 meter United States Olympic qualifier finals. He competed against fellow Mainer Ben True who narrowly missed representing America in the summer games this last summer. Masters ultimately came up short in his bid for Brazil in the event after qualifying for the final heat.
The Bangor native finished second in the mile with a time of 4:00.30 at the Grand Blue Mile Road Championships in late April of this year, and announced via social media that he had signed an endorsement deal with Nike.
Masters has been able to chase down his dreams on the track over the years and appears to be going strong heading into the summer of 2017.