National Champion Again, D'Agostino Wins 5000M in Arkansas
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 5000m Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship hosted by Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Complex.
D'Agostino won Dartmouth's second ever individual championship on the women's side as she crossed the finish line in a program-record 15:28.11, 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 this fall, a loss the Big Green junior avenged with a national title on this night in Arkansas.
"I'm incredibly excited," D'Agostino exclaimed following the race. "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 as she won the outdoor 5000m. She added to her impressive resume with the second title in nine months with another Friday night.
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 student-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 junior harrier will have a shot at a second NCAA crown in as many days when she takes to the track in the women's 3000m race Saturday night (8:40 p.m. ET). The 3000m is D'Agostino's best event as she is the collegiate leader this season with an 8:55.41 in the event.