HANOVER, N.H. - It may only be two weeks into the New Year, but Abbey D'Agostino is making her mark on 2013.
Her 4:34.15 (converted to 4:31.46) in the mile on Sunday afternoon not only set a new program and Dartmouth Relays meet record, but is also the fastest time in the world in the event this year.
Eclipsing her own previous school record of 4:38.44, set at last year's Dartmouth Relays, was one thing for the junior from Topsfield, Mass., but setting the pace in the mile for runners in the event worldwide this year is another standard altogether.
"The Dartmouth Relays were a complete success with New Balance's additional support for the Dartmouth teams. It was also a rare opportunity for the majority of the individuals to race at home," assistant coach Mark Coogan said. "Leverone Field House was packed Friday through Sunday, creating a great atmosphere for our runners."
"Abbey and I decided to run the Relays because she loves her teammates and wanted to help the team do well. We only have a few meets each year where there is a team score and Abbey can certainly help us there," Coogan continued. "Her time is extremely fast for a flat 200-meter track. It is the fastest mile on a flat 200 for an NCAA athlete in a few years and I believe that Abbey will continue to improve this year."
Her time is converted to 4:31.46 due to the track size inside Leverone for the sake of collegiate scoring purposes. That converted time is nearly 11 seconds better than the next-fastest finish by a collegiate runner this season as Kentucky's Cally Macumber ran a 4:42.34 on Jan. 11.
The Big Green will next run Sunday afternoon at Yale's Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn.