D’Agostino Dominates Another Invitational
Hanover — For the third straight year, Dartmouth cross country senior Abbey D’Agostino claimed the top women’s spot at the season-opening Dartmouth Invitational, held Saturday morning at Hanover Country Club.
D’Agostino took home the victory on the 6-kilometer course by running in 20 minutes, 12.34 seconds, besting the second-place runner by 52 seconds.
The Big Green women claimed third as a team with 63 points. Georgetown, the 2011 NCAA national champion, took first with 46, while regional power Syracuse was second with 54 points.
To put Saturday’s margin of victory in perspective: as a junior, D’Agostino won the Big Green’s annual home meet by 35 seconds (20:48.0). On the 5K course as a sophomore, the Topsfield, Mass., native bested the second-place runner by 14 seconds. Those two previous margins of victory combined still fall short of the figure posted on Saturday.
For D’Agostino, the top returning individual runner from last season’s cross country national championship meet, Saturday’s competition should set the tone for what she will face the rest of the way as Dartmouth will line up against top teams from across the country throughout the fall.
Junior Sarah Delozier will also see that tough competition all season and was part of the lead pack the entire race Saturday. The next Big Green runner to cross the line after D’Agostino, Delozier did so in fifth place with a time of 21:06.20. Sophomore Dana Giordano was 12th overall and the third Dartmouth runner across the line. The team’s top performer at last fall’s Heptagonal meet, Giordano finished Saturday’s race in 21:25.95.
After Dartmouth, Northwestern (107) claimed fourth place, followed by Brown (141), Bentley (163) and Keene State (196).
■ Senior Will Geoghegan continued the trend of Big Green men’s dominance at the Dartmouth Invitational.
Geoghegan finished first at the meet for the second straight year and gave the Big Green its seventh straight individual collegiate winner dating back to 2007. The senior from Brunswick, Maine, crossed the line in 23:57.62, nearly two seconds ahead of Syracuse’s MJ Erb in second place.
Former NCAA cross country and outdoor 10,000-meter champion Sam Chelanga ran unattached and was first overall in a field of 67 competitors. However, the former Liberty athlete and his time do not factor into the meet’s final results.
Geohegan and the entire field ran an incredibly fast race as the Dartmouth senior’s time was 53 seconds faster than his winning mark of last season (24:50.10) on the same 8K course.
Syracuse narrowly edged the Big Green in the team standings, taking the top spot with 24 points, while the hosts were second with 34. Brown claimed third with 90 points, with Keene State (108) and Bentley (151) rounding out the five-team field.
Senior John Bleday also made an impression on the final scoresheet for Dartmouth, crossing in 24:08.83, good for fifth place overall and four points. He was followed shortly thereafter by junior Dylan O’Sullivan in eighth with a time of 24:21.61.
Overall, Dartmouth finished with 10 runners in the top 20, the most of any of the five teams competing Saturday morning.
Both Big Green teams will have a break as the teams will not run again until the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 5.
Big Green Goes 1-1
Hanover — Dartmouth concluded the two-day Big Green Invitational with a split at Leede Arena. The Big Green (4-2) opened the day with a 3-1 victory against Providence, but fell to Grand Canyon in five sets in the nightcap.
In the opener, Dartmouth scored a come-from-behind triumph thanks to Paige Caridi and match-high 16 kills.
The defense was once stout versus Providence as they produced 11 team blocks and 84 digs. Holly Harper led the way with 19 digs while Caridi added 17 and Kayden Cook had 13 of her own.
In the tournament finale, Dartmouth played its most dramatic match of the season as Grand Canyon forced a decisive fifth game. Late in the fourth, the Big Green held a 21-18 advantage, but the Lopes weren’t ready to head back across the country quite yet as they reeled off seven straight points to win the game.
Hartford, Conn. — Colby-Sawyer split a pair of matches at the Trinity Volleyball Invitational. The Chargers defeated Sage, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-13) and lost to Trinity 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19).
Colby-Sawyer 3, Bay Path 0
New London — Junior midfielder Jess Buckley scored twice as the Chargers earned a win over the Wildcats on Friday. Colby-Sawyer returns to action otoday at noon for a make-up game vs. Becker College.