D’Agostino, Green Ready for Heps Meet
Hanover — Abbey D’Agostino’s Dartmouth running career may be winding down, but there’s still titles left to defend and accomplishments left to attain, starting with this weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted in the Leverone Field House.
Things get under way Saturday morning with field events. As the day progresses, trial heats on the track, plus the pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) events will be taking place. Sunday will see not only the conclusion of the men’s multis, but also the finals in more than 20 different events between the men and women.
D’Agostino won the most outstanding female track athlete of the meet last year at Harvard and will be seeking to add to her honor roll. Recently, she was named the Division I Women’s Cross Country National Scholar of the Year, an award that made her the most decorated individual student-athlete in conference history.
D’Agostino earned her most outstanding award in Cambridge last year after winning the 5,000 meters (15 minutes, 47.02 seconds) on Saturday and the mile (4:32.42) the following afternoon, both in Ivy League championship-record times. She went on to anchor the two-mile relay team to a third-place showing.
While D’Agostino will draw most of the attention this weekend, classmate Janae Dunchack should not be overlooked as she attempts to become just the second woman in Ivy League history to claim the pentathlon title in all four years of her collegiate career. Last season, Dunchack’s 3,940 points not only gave the North Cambria, Pa., native her third straight title, but were also the third-best total in league history at any meet.
Also earning an individual title in 2013 was Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump. Now a sophomore, she will look to defend her title after clearing 5 feet, 10.5 inches (1.78 meters) last year to edge out Harvard’s Mary Hirst.
Women’s coach Sandy Ford-Centonze also expects strong showings from senior Megan Krumpoch in the 800 meters and 4x800, along with sophomore Jennifer Meech in the 200, 400 and 4x400.
In addition to D’Agostino, Dartmouth’s middle and long distance runners, fresh off a 2013 Ivy League cross country team championship, should help contribute to the team’s point total. Cross country All-American Dana Giordano is hoping to build on last year’s fifth-place finish in the 3,000 meters.
On the men’s side, senior miler Will Geoghegan is tops in the Ivy League. His program record 3:58.04 at Boston University in late January ranks as the seventh-best time in the nation this season.
In addition, Steve Mangan (4:00.52), John Bleday (4:00.69) and Tim Gorman (4:01.64) all have times in the mile that rank in the top 10 among Ivy League runners.
Dylan O’Sullivan and Brian Masterston should also add depth and points to Dartmouth’s total in the 5,000, posting strong performances in the event to this point in the season.
In the sprints, expectations are that sophomore John Abraham can qualify for the finals and score in the 60, with freshman Alex Frye doing the same in the 60 hurdles. Senior Jalil Bishop, running in his final indoor Heps, will most likely compete in the 400 in addition to one of the team’s relay races on Sunday.
Throwers John Beering (shot put), TJ Servino (weight throw) and Tim Brennan (weight throw) all have top-20 marks this season.
Inside the track, look for senior Josh Cyphers, a former Lebanon High standout, to continue to build on his strong final indoor season in the pole vault.