College Roundup: D’Agostino Runs to 10,000M Title at Heps

New Haven, Conn. — Abbey D’Agostino’s win in the 10,000 meters — an event she had never run collegiately — highlighted the Dartmouth women’s track and field team’s first day at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championship.

In pursuit of its first title in nearly four decades, the Big Green sits in seventh place with 14 points.

The Saturday portion of meet — held this year at Yale’s Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track — saw the Big Green lead the way with 13 individuals advancing from preliminary heats through to today’s finals, setting the athletes up for a dramatic final day of competition and a strong chance to make major moves up the leaderboard. Harvard and Cornell each had 11 qualifiers to tie for second.

D’Agostino’s inexperience at such a long distance did little to slow down the now 14-time Ivy League champion as she crossed the line in 33 minutes, 10.38 seconds, more than 14 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Princeton.

Her time was the third-fastest in Heps meet history and marked the first win in the event by a Dartmouth woman since 1998, when Deirdre Milligan won her second career 10K title.

The senior from Topsfield, Massachusetts, will take her 10 points from Saturday and look to build on it as she is entered into the finals of the 3,000- and 5000-meters today, two events where she has already claimed national titles this past indoor season.

Sara Kikut (100, 200 meters), Kaitlin Whitehorn (100, 200), Jennifer Meech (200, 400), Megan Krumpoch (400 hurdles), Meggie Donovan (800), Meghan Grela (800), Dana Giordano (1,500) advanced to today’s finals.

Heading into the final three events of the heptathlon, senior Janae Dunchack racked up 3,176 points to sit first after one day and four events.

Dartmouth senior Cathy Liebowitz, of Plainfield, earned four points in the hammer throw thanks to a fourth-place showing.

 The Dartmouth men are second in the Heps standings with 26 points.

The highlight came very early on as senior Josh Cyphers, of Grantham, became the first Dartmouth man to win the pole vault since 1955.

Cyphers started the morning slow, failing to clear 4.65 meters on his first two attempts. But he cleared the next three heights on one attempt. When he passed over the bar at 16 feet, 6.75 inches (5.05 meters) — the only competitor to do so — Cyphers became the first male Big Green athlete to take home the pole vault title since Bill Buchanan and Louis Metzger shared the crown with five others 59 years ago.

In addition to the 10 points earned by Cyphers’ win, junior TJ Servino added another eight to the team total with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. With their finishes, Cyphers and Servino earned first- and second-team all-Ivy League honors.

Jacob Shippee (fourth) and Jim Budzinski (fifth) earned points in the javelin.

John Abraham qualified for today’s finals in both the 100- and 200-meters. Alex Frye (110 hurdles), Jalil Bishop (400) Steve Mangan (1,500) and Tim Gorman (1,500) also advanced to today’s finals.


Dartmouth Heavies Capture Packard Cup

Hanover — The Dartmouth men’s heavyweight rowing team captured the Packard Cup over Syracuse on Friday afternoon along the Connecticut River.

Dartmouth won three of the four events during the regatta, as all four races were determined by mere seconds. In the varsity eight race, Dartmouth won by one second at 5:36.6. In the second varsity eight, the Orange won in just .4 seconds — 5:37.3 to 5:37.7.

In the third varsity eight, Dartmouth once again picked up the win in 5:43.8, three seconds ahead of Syracuse. The final race of the regatta saw a .8 second victory for the Big Green — 5:49.6 to 5:50.2.

Dartmouth will compete in the ECAC Eastern Sprints on May 18-19.