NEW ORLEANS – The Dartmouth women’s cross country team made two considerable jumps in the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional and national polls this week.
Thanks to a second-place finish at Paul Short on Saturday, the Big Green moved up five spots in the Northeast Regional rankings from No. 7 to No. 2. Although the five-spot improvement was one of the best in the country, the most impressive showing came in the national poll.
Dartmouth was not even receiving votes last week and now sits in the No. 13 slot in the most recent poll released Tuesday afternoon, the biggest jump of any team this season.
Senior Abbey D'Agostino won the Paul Short Invitational for the second year in a row in unseasonably warm weather at Lehigh’s annual meet of top teams from across the country. The Topsfield, Mass., native was 24 seconds better than the second-place runner and bested the field of more than 400 with a time of 19:44. For her efforts, the USTFCCCA named D’Agostino the Division I National Female Athlete of the Week.
However, it wasn’t just D’Agostino that made a splash in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore Dana Giordano also posted a top-10 finish as she crossed the finish line ninth overall in 20:38.
The Big Green got top-50 showings from junior Sarah Delozier (22nd) and Alison Lanois (43rd) and senior Hannah Rowe (50th) to help earn 125 team points and the best showing ever by a Dartmouth team in the meet’s history.
The Big Green are now the highest-ranking Ivy League team and trail only Providence in the regional poll. The Friars are No. 1 in the national standings with 11-of-the-12 first-place votes.
Several members of the team will head to Boston on Saturday to compete in the annual New England Championship held at Franklin Park.