D’Agostino Named Top Athlete
New Orleans — On the heels of two individual national championships last weekend, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
D’Agostino, who is the first Ivy League student-athlete to receive the honor, completed the rare double last weekend at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet, becoming the first American woman to ever win both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters in a career, let alone in one meet.
In her victory in the 5,000, D’Agostino’s recroded the fifth-fastest indoor time (15:28.11) ever by a woman at the NCAA level.
The junior wrapped up the 2013 indoor season with the top time in the 3,000 (8:55.41), the third-best in the 5,000 (15:28.11) and the second best in the mile this season and the seventh fastest by an NCAA woman all-time (4:30.03).
D’Agostino also won individual titles in both the mile and the 5,000 at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships in February at Harvard en route to being named the women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Men’s College Hoop
Dartmouth Sophomore All-Ivy
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore forward/center Gabas Maldunas was maned to the all-Ivy League second team yesterday. This is the 94th All-Ivy honor for a Big Green player (first or second team, honorable mention) but the first since Alex Barnett was named the league’s player of the year in 2009.
Maldunas, who played in all 28 games while starting 23, was one of three players to rank among the top 10 in the league in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a team-best 11.4 points (ninth) and 6.9 rebounds (third) per game. He also finished in the top 10 in blocked shots (1.4 per game, fourth) and field goal percentage (.470, ninth). In conference play, his numbers were even better, leading the Ancient Eight in rebounding at 7.4 per game while averaging 11.6 points over the 14 games.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Lithuanian saved his best work for the end of the season, averaging close to a double-double over the final eight games at 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a night. In five of those eight contests, he recorded at least 16 points, including a career-high 28 against Cornell in a 76-62 victory on March 8.
Zupan Named All-Ivy
Princeton, n.j. — Fresh off his Swimmer of the Meet honor and his three Ivy League titles, junior Nejc Zupan picked up first-team All-Ivy honors for the third consecutive season. Rookie James Verhagen earned second-team accolades after taking runner-up honors in the backstroke events.
The Big Green’s 400-medley relay also earned second-team All-Ivy honors. The quartet of Verhagen, Zupan, Zack Doherty and Will Derdeyn took second place honors at the Ivy Championships, setting a school record.
Zupan, who has won six Ivy League titles, including three at the 2013 Ivy League Championships, has earned first team honors in each of his three seasons while Verhagen is earning league honors for the first time in his career.
Zupan will represent Dartmouth at the 2013 NCAA Championships on March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Big Green’s Hanson Honored
Hanover — The College Squash Association recently announced the postseason award winners, with Dartmouth’s Chris Hanson earning the Skillman Award.
The Skillman Award is given annually to a senior men’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career.
In the 31-year history of the accolade, Hanson became just the second member of the Big Green to earn the honor.
On Winning Team
Franconia, n.h. — Hanover High junior Chris Stocken skied his way onto the New Hampshire State team and then helked the Granite State to take first place in the Eastern High School Championships held at Cannon Mountain recently.
Stocken qualified eighth at the Meet of Champions a week earlier. In the Eastern races, Stocken was 16th — the fifth fastest NH skier — in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:21.35. In the giant slalom later in the day, he was 30th with a one-run time of 1:00.73.
Carrabassett Valley, Maine — Hanover sophomore George Steffey, skiing for the Stratton Mountain School U16 team in the U16 Eastern Championships here, took First Overall for the event. He also won the Slalom (SL) a few days later, while placing second in the Super-G.
Sophomore Amanda Steffey finished sixth overall, winning back-to-back Super-G races. Freshman Spencer Smith of Woodstock took 10th overall for all events, including a second place earlier in the championships.
All three skiers will now head to U16 Nationals in Park City, Utah from March 31–April 5, where the top 30 U16 boys and 30 girls qualify to compete from around the country.