A Long Run to History
D’Agostino Wins A 2nd Straight NCAA Crown
Fayetteville, Ark. — If one is nice, two is better.
That was the case this weekend as Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino won two individual national titles, culminating with a win in the 3,000 meters last night at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championship meet, hosted by Arkansas.
In the process, D’Agostino became the first American woman ever to win two distance events at one NCAA Championship meet, either indoor or outdoor, in history.
Fresh off her title in the 5,000 on Friday evening, D’Agostino completed the rare 2-for-2 feat in distance events with a second individual crown in the 3,000 last night at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
En route to her third career title, the Topsfield, Mass., native ran a 9:01.08. She had entered the race as the nation’s top female runner in the event during this indoor season, posting an 8:55.41 in January at Washington’s home meet in Seattle.
D’Agostino won her first individual national championship last season in the outdoor 5,000 in Des Moines.
“This weekend was extremely fun,” she said with a large grin on her face.
When asked if the historical significance of the outcome had sunk in yet, she responded, “As much as it can an hour after finishing!”
Former Big Green teammate Alexi Pappas, now running for Oregon, finished eighth in last night’s 3,000 field just a day after claiming sixth in the 5,000. Pappas ran a 9:12.38 to help earn one point for the Ducks.
D’Agostino is now an eight-time first-team All-American across all three seasons of competition and in six straight NCAA Championships (cross country, indoor, outdoor).
With just D’Agostino running, Dartmouth still managed to finish 11th in the team standings with the 20 points earned from her two wins. National powerhouses like Texas A&M (12th), Florida (13th), Florida State (15th), UCLA (17th) and Texas (18th) all finished behind the Big Green in the standings despite bringing full squads to the Razorbacks’ home venue.
“I was so happy for Abbey when she crossed the finish line and accomplished what we set out to do here this weekend,” assistant coach Mark Coogan said. “I thought she did a brilliant job, not only tonight, but last night as well.”
The Dartmouth women’s track & field program now has three individual national championships, all coming to Hanover via Abbey D’Agostino.
Dartmouth 64, Columbia 58
Hanover — Freshman Alex Mitola scored 21 points and sophomore Gabas Maldunas added 16 to lead Dartmouth in its season finale over Columbia at Leede Arena last night. The Big Green (9-19, 5-9 Ivy) finished the season strong by winning three of its last four contests to climb out of the basement and into a tie for sixth, while the Lions (12-16, 4-10 Ivy) dropped to the bottom of the league standings.
Mitola was very efficient on the night, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, plus converted 5-of-6 at the foul line to record his second career 20-point game. Maldunas provided the muscle down low, knocking down 4-of-8 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws, plus snared a game-high nine rebounds. Joining the duo in double figures was freshman Connor Boehm with 12 points.
Columbia also had a trio with at least 10 points, led by Brian Barbour with 17, including a perfect 8-of-8 at the line.
Columbia 48, Dartmouth 39
New York — Columbia scored six points down the stretch and held Dartmouth as the host Lions picked up a win over the Big Green in the season finale for both teams.
Junior Nicola Zimmer scored a layup with 2:33 left on the clock, but those would be the last points for the Big Green.
Dartmouth struggled to get anything going all night, shooting just 26.2 percent (16-of-61), but Big Green outrebounded Columbia, 45-38. Lakin Roland led the offense with nine points, while Tia Dawson had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Roland came out of the break on fire, scoring Dartmouth’s first six points as the Big Green extended its lead to 31-24 with just two minutes off the clock, forcing the Lions to call a timeout.
Dartmouth closes the 2012-13 season with a 6-22 record, 4-10 Ivy League record.
Lakeland, Fla. — Colby-Sawyer (2-0) began the season with a pair of wins over Worcester Polytechnic Institute (4-6) yesterday at McKeel Academy. Colby-Sawyer won the first game 6-4 and the second 2-0.
In game one, junior Jake Szulak drove in two of the four Charger runs in the bottom of the fourth. Colby Sawyer’s Kevin Keith earned the win, allowing two runs in six innings.
In the nightcap, Colby-Sawyer took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a RBI single from senior Cameron Knight, and made it 2-0 in the top of the fifth when senior Tyler Stotz drove in junior Vinny Monahan. Charger pitcher PJ Singster went 51∕3 innings without surrendering a hit before the Engineers broke through with a pair of knocks from the next two batters. Singster pitched out of the jam and stranded a pair of runners.
Colby-Sawyer’s Andy Lapple finished the doubleheader 5 for 7 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored.