Big Green Rules Heps

Princeton, n.j. — It was well established that Dartmouth College had the best women’s cross country runner in the Ivy League — Abbey D’Agostino — before Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, it was established that Dartmouth also had the best women’s cross country team in the Ivy League, winning the Heptagonal Championship for the first time since 1997.

Leading the way was senior D’Agostino, winning her second career Heps cross country title (2011). In taking the individual crown, the Topsfield, Mass., native crushed the competition and the record books, winning the race in a Heps 6-kilometer record of 19 minutes, 40.8 seconds, besting the old mark by 48 seconds. The second-place runner, Waverly Neer of Columbia, was nearly 40 seconds back of D’Agostino in 20:20.0.

The Big Green claimed its first title in 16 years with 38 points, 28 points ahead of second-place Columbia.

Saturday’s championship was the fifth in program history and the first since Dartmouth won four straight between 1994 and 1997. D’Agostino is the second Big Green woman to win two Heps titles in a career, joining Maribel Sanchez (1995-96), who would go on to coach at her alma mater and recruit D’Agostino to Hanover.

“The team was great today. Everyone ran a really tough race and I couldn’t be more proud,” head coach Mark Coogan said in a news release. “Abbey took the race out from the beginning and the rest of the team followed, raising their level.

“There was a lot of heart and dedication put into winning this championship by every member of our team. They are running so well right now and that should bode well for us in two weeks at regionals.”

To illustrate the depth of talent on this year’s roster, the Big Green still would have won the championship had D’Agostino not run. With sophomore Dana Giordano and junior Sarah Delozier claiming spots in the top 10, it was apparent at the finish line which team was taking home the hardware.

Giordano ran a 20:29.9 to claim fifth place. Delozier was seventh overall in the field of 90 runners, crossing the line in 20:33.7.

Junior Alison Lanois and sophomore Elizabeth Markowitz were 12th and 13th, respectively.

Dartmouth Men Third

Princeton — The Dartmouth men finished third at the Heptagonal meet for the third year in a row on Saturday at Princeton’s West Windsor Fields.

Led by senior John Bleday in ninth place, the Big Green earned 64 points on the 8K course. Columbia snapped Princeton’s streak of three straight titles by edging the Tigers for the top spot, 48-56.

Bleday led a solid pack of Dartmouth runners, crossing the line ninth in 23:57.5. Just four-tenths of a second back was sophomore Tim Gorman with a surprising and well-earned 10th-place finish in 23:57.9.

Senior Will Geoghegan was 13th in 24:00.5 and Henry Sterling took 14th in 24:00.8. The fourth senior to cross the line was Steve Mangan (18th, 24:10).