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D'Agostino Takes Second at Nationals, Earns All-American Honors

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By Tim O'Dowd
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second straight year, Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino took home All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship as she finished second overall Saturday afternoon.

D'Agostino, the Northeast Regional Champion and Regional Women's Athlete of the Year, finished as the national runner-up by just seventh-tenths of a second, crossing the line in 19:28.6. Betsy Saina of Iowa State had a strong kick in the final stretch to take first in 19:27.9.

The race, held on the 6K course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, saw D'Agostino claim her fifth individual All-American First Team honor in just the last two years. 

As a sophomore in 2011, the Topsfield, Mass., native posted a third-place overall showing, a finish she improved upon in 2012.

The second-place finish tied the best result for any Ivy League runner male or female at the NCAA Championship.

Alexi Pappas, a former member of the Big Green and a post-grad runner now at Oregon, was part of a the team that won the National Championship as the Ducks took the top spot with 114 points. Pappas was eighth overall in 19:43.9 as was her team's second finisher, earning three points.

Oregon's top runner Jordan Hasay, who was widely regarded as one of the nation's top runners all season, was outkicked herself by D'Agostino in the final meters. The two posted identical times, but it was the Big Green harrier who was awarded the second-place finish.

The field of runners in Saturday's race exceeded 250. It was just the fourth time D'Agostino raced competitively this fall and the first time she did not come out as the individual winner, taking first at the Dartmouth Invitational, the Paul Short Invite and the Northeast Regional just last weekend after battling through injuries all season.

Times and point totals have not yet been deemed 'official' by the NCAA, but continue to check back for updates.