FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - If one is nice, two is better.
That must have been the case this weekend as Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino won two individual national titles, culminating with a win in the 3000 meters Saturday night at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championship meet hosted by Arkansas.
In the process, she became the first American woman ever to win two distance events at one NCAA Championship meet, either indoor or outdoor, in history.
Fresh off her title in the 5000m on Friday evening, D'Agostino completed the rare two-for-two feat in distance events with another individual crown in the 3000m Saturday night at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
En route to her third career title, the Topsfield, Mass., native ran a 9:01.08. She had entered the race as the nation's top female runner in the event during this indoor season, posting an 8:55.41 in January at Washington's home meet in Seattle.
D'Agostino won her first individual national championship last season in the outdoor 5000m in Des Moines.
"This weekend was extremely fun," she said with a large grin on her face.
When asked if the gravity of the situation had sunk in yet, she responded, "As much as it can an hour after finishing!"
Former Big Green teammate Alexi Pappas '12, now running for Oregon, finished eighth in Saturday night's 3000m field just a day after claiming sixth in the 5000. Pappas ran a 9:12.38 to help earn one point for the Ducks.
D'Agostino is now an eight-time First-Team All-American across all three seasons of competition and in six straight NCAA Championships (cross country, indoor, outdoor).
With just D'Agostino running, Dartmouth still managed to finish 11th in the team standings with the 20 points earned from her two wins. National powerhouses like Texas A&M (12th), Florida (13th), Florida State (15th), UCLA (17th) and Texas (18th) all finished behind the Big Green in the standings despite bringing full squads to the Razorbacks' home venue.
"I was so happy for Abbey when she crossed the finish line and accomplished what we set out to do here this weekend," assistant coach Mark Coogan said. "I thought she did a brilliant job, not only tonight, but last night as well."
The Dartmouth women's track & field program now has three individual national championships, all coming to Hanover via Abbey D'Agostino.