Just under 400 meters later, D’Agostino crossed the finish line in 15:43.68, nearly seven seconds ahead of Iowa State’s Betsy Saina (15:50.26) and Hasay (15:50.78), and earning her fourth career individual national title.
In taking the 5000m crown at Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field, D’Agostino became the fifth woman in history to win back-to-back titles in the event and the seventh woman to claim both the indoor and outdoor titles in the 5000m in the same year.
Against the most talented group of 5000m runners in the country, D’Agostino stood out above the rest of the 23 other competitors in the field. Saina won the 10,000m two days ago and was the 2012 NCAA Cross Country National Champion, while Hasay was widely regarded as the best distance runner in the country as recently as two years ago.
There is little debate now as to who the best women’s distance runner in the country is as the Topsfield, Mass., native becomes the first collegiate women since 2010 (Iowa State’s Lisa Koll) to win three individual national titles in one year. During the indoor season, D’Agostino claimed victories in both the 3000m and the 5000m at Arkansas and the 2013 NCAA Championship meet, accomplishing the double on consecutive days, a feat no other American had ever done in a career.
Now a four-time national champion, D’Agostino has twice as many individual titles as any other Ivy League track & field competitor in history. Jim Fuchs of Yale, Bruce Collins of Penn and Meredith Rainey of Harvard each won two during their careers, all second to D’Agostino’s quartet of trophies.
The win also was the 50th event national championship in Ivy League history. Seven of those belong to Dartmouth student-athletes with D’Agostino claiming ownership to four.
During the 2012-13 academic year, D’Agostino ran in 18 races or heats exclusively against collegiate competition between cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons. In those 18 instances, the Big Green junior came victorious 16 times, including Friday night’s third national championship win.
Her time on Friday was 28 seconds faster than her 2012 win in the 5000m in Iowa (16:11.34), which was the first ever championship won by a Dartmouth woman.
D’Agostino will now turn her attention to training for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 20-23, seeking a spot on the American team that will compete at the world championship meet in Russia later this summer.