Bangor native Riley Masters in 1,500 meter final at U.S. national championships

Posted June 27, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
Riley Masters races to victory in the 31st annual  Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K in Bangor in this 2011 photo.
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Riley Masters races to victory in the 31st annual Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K in Bangor in this 2011 photo. Buy Photo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bangor native Riley Masters, a professional runner who competes for Brooks Running out of Seattle, has a chance to win a national championship.

The former Bangor High School, University of Maine and University of Oklahoma star will compete in the men’s 1,500 final at the U.S. National Championships in Sacramento on Saturday afternoon.

Masters earned his way into the eight-man final by placing sixth in Thursday’s preliminary race, clocking in at 3 minutes, 43.02 seconds.

He was just over a second behind Leonel Manzano, who recorded the top time in the prelims at 3:42.01

Earlier this spring, Masters set a meet record in the 1,500 at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University, posting a 3:38.42.

Masters will compete Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time and the race will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

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