Another NCAA Crown for D’Agostino
Fayetteville, Ark. — For the second time in her collegiate career, Abbey D’Agostino is a national champion.
The Dartmouth women’s track & field junior took home her second individual title with a win in the 5,000 meters last night at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship, hosted by Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Complex.
D’Agostino won Dartmouth’s second individual championship on the women’s side as she crossed the finish line in a program-record 15 minutes, 28.11 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of second-place Betsy Saina from Iowa State.
Saina had narrowly edged out D’Agostino at the 2012 Cross Country Championship race last fall, a loss D’Agostino avenged with a national title on this night in Arkansas.
“I’m incredibly excited,” D’Agostino said in a news release. “I felt really good and decided I was going to push in the final three laps and it paid off for me tonight.”
Last spring at the outdoor meet, D’Agostino took home the first national crown for the women’s program when she won the 1,500 meters.
She is now a seven-time first-team All-American across all three seasons of competition dating back to the spring of 2011. She has earned all of those honors in six consecutive NCAA Championship meets.
Former Big Green athlete Alexi Pappas, now running for Oregon, also earned first-team All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the event, crossing the line in 15:47.13.
D’Agostino’s first-place showing earned 10 points for Dartmouth in the team standings, an impressive fact given she is the lone member of the team to make it to Fayetteville this year.
The runner will have a shot at a second NCAA crown in as many days when she takes to the track in the women’s 3,000-meter race tonight at 8:40 p.m.
The 3,000 is D’Agostino’s best event, as she is the collegiate leader this season with an 8:55.41 in the event.