D’Agostino Named Top Athlete
New Orleans — Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino was named the 2013 Women’s National Cross Country Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
D’Agostino claimed the award on the heels of Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country national championship, becoming the first Ivy League student-athlete on either the men’s or women’s side to win the individual title.
The Topsfield, Mass., native was third in 2011 and the runner-up last season in her previous two trips to the NCAA meet before finally capturing the one title that has eluded her during her collegiate career.
A five-time national champion and 10-time All-American, D’Agostino has become the most decorated individual male or female Ivy athlete in any sport since 1883.
In the calendar year of 2013, D’Agostino has won four national championships between indoor (5,000/3,000), outdoor (5,000) and cross country (6-kilometer), more than twice as many as any other track & field athlete has ever posted in an entire career. She also was the 2012 outdoor national champion in the 5,000 meters.
D’Agostino was named the National Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013 indoor campaign after becoming the first woman ever to win the 3,000 and 5,000 national crowns in the same year.
This season, D’Agostino was a perfect 6-for-6 in races, including wins at the Wisconsin Invitational, the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, the Northeast Regional and the NCAA National Championship this past weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.
Dartmouth Players Named All-Ivy
Hanover — Dartmouth picked up 16 All-Ivy League honors on Tuesday, only one behind conference co-champion Princeton. Five Big Green players earned a spot on the first team, four were listed on the second team and six received seven honorable mentions.
Making the first team were four seniors — offensive lineman Cohle Fowler, running back Dominick Pierre, linebacker Michael Runger and free safety Garrett Waggoner — and junior offensive lineman Scotty Whitmore. Both Runger and Waggoner are on the first team for the second time in their careers, having earned the honor last year as well.
Pierre, Dartmouth’s second-leading rusher all-time with 2,638 yards, became the fifth player in the program’s 132-year history to run for 1,000 yards in a season. The workhorse took the handoff 214 times — far and away the most in the league — to compile his 1,064 yards to rank second in the Ancient Eight. The 5-11, 215-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ran for 13 touchdowns, setting a Big Green record with at least one in every contest.
Runger finished his Dartmouth career leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the Ivy League.
The four Big Green players on the second team all came from the defensive side of the ball, as the Dartmouth defense ranked first in the league in scoring defense (19.5 points per game) and pass defense (210.2 yards per game). Linemen Evan Chrustic and Cody Fulleton, strong safety Stephen Dazzo and cornerback Vernon Harris were honored.
Receiving honorable mention were senior linebacker and tri-captain Bronson Green, senior defensive tackle Elliot Kastner, senior tight end Cole Marcoux, center Sean Ronan, quarterback Dalyn Williams and Bo Patterson, who earned recognition at two positions — wide receiver and return specialist.