BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) lined up against 359 other runners at the starting line of Friday's Paul Short Invitational, some of whom represent the best teams in the nation.
At the finish line, there was no one remotely close to proving they were D'Agostino's equal as she dominated the field to take first place by 24 seconds, crossing in 19:58.
Cornell senior Katie Kellner led the next wave of runners with a second-place showing in 20:22.
An All-American in cross country last fall with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship, D'Agostino has now taken first in each of the Big Green's two meets this season, doing so by an average of nearly 29 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.
The junior's one point helped Dartmouth earn a fifth-place team finish with 149 points, just two back of Yale. The Big Red won the 6K Gold Race with 55 points with William & Mary taking second (102 points) and Georgetown in third (106).
Freshmen Christine Rutledge (Manlius, N.Y.) and Dana Giordano (Bernardsville, N.Y.) were part of that next wave of harriers to cross. Rutledge claimed 22nd in 20:58 with Giordano just a second back in 24th.
Last season, the women's team was eighth at this meet, scoring 301 points in the process.
The Big Green will be back on the course next weekend at the New England Championship Meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Boston. The following weekend will see them head to the Badger State to compete in the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison on Friday, Oct. 12.