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D’Agostino Settles for Third in Finale

Dartmouth Star Denied an Eighth NCAA Crown

Runners are bunched up in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA track and field championships Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. Texas' Marielle Hall, second from right, won the race. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Runners are bunched up in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA track and field championships Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. Texas' Marielle Hall, second from right, won the race. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Eugene, Ore. — It’s all over.

The career of the most prolific track & field athlete in Ivy League history ended Saturday afternoon at Hayward Field. And not in the fashion many saw coming.

Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino was attempting to become just the third woman ever in NCAA history to win the 5,000 meters at an outdoor meet three straight years. That dream was thwarted by Texas’ Murielle Hall (15 minutes, 35.11 seconds) and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe (15:37.74) in the final individual event of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Oregon.

D’Agostino, the two-time champion at this distance in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, settled for third in the event, crossing the line in 15:43.54 to earn her 13th career first-team All-America recognition.

“It’s obviously disappointing, but I gave everything my body had today,” D’Agostino said in a news release. “That’s just the way the sport works sometimes and you just have to roll with it.

“I just feel so blessed when I think about all Dartmouth has given me in my time here. I felt like a true student-athlete in my four years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have represented the college in that time,” she added.

D’Agostino’s Big Green teammate, sophomore Dana Giordano, finished 22nd in 16:47.81. For Giordano, this was her third national championship event of the 2013-14 academic calendar (indoor, outdoor and cross country), and she wrapped up the year with two All-American accolades.

Hall, Cuffe and D’Agostino pulled away from the rest of the pack with roughly four laps remaining. With 600 meters remaining, Hall began to put distance between herself and the two others as Cuffe took second and D’Agostino claiming third.

In her time at Dartmouth, D’Agostino became the most decorated individual track & field athlete in Ivy League history, winning six national championships between indoor and outdoor seasons.

Her NCAA cross country crown last fall was the first by an Ivy Leaguer on either the men’s of the women’s side, giving her seven individual titles in her career, tying her for the fifth-most all-time by a collegiate woman across three seasons of competition.

The Big Green women finished tied for 22nd overall in the standings after scoring 10 points at the meet. D’Agostino earned six points on Saturday, while Megan Krumpoch’s fifth-place showing in the 800-meter final on Friday night picked up another four.