NEW ORLEANS – The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today announced it has named Dartmouth women’s cross country senior Abbey D'Agostino its Division I National Female Athlete of the Week.
D’Agostino earned the recognition after running away from the field at Saturday’s Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., in unseasonably warm race conditions. The harrier from Topsfield, Mass., crossed the line on the 6K course in 19:44, more than 24 seconds ahead of the second-place individual runner and in a field of 406 competitors.
The first-place finish from D’Agostino helped the Big Green to their best showing ever at Paul Short, claiming the second overall team spot with 125 points in a race that saw 48 teams line up at the start.
For D’Agostino, the win at Paul Short was also nothing new as she claimed the top individual spot there in 2012 as well, besting a similar field by 24 seconds in rainy weather.
No stranger to national recognition from the USTFCCCA, this is the second National Athlete of the Week honor from the organization presented to D’Agostino with the other coming on April 23, 2013 as part of the outdoor season. In addition to these two weekly honors, she was also named the 2013 National Indoor Female Athlete of the Year last winter along with numerous regional awards.
The highest-returning finisher from last fall’s NCAA Championship, D’Agostino is two-for-two this year with individual victories at the Dartmouth Invitational and now Paul Short.
Anthony Rotich of UTEP was named the Men’s Division I National Athlete of the Week.