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Women's Cross Country Jumps to No. 11 in Latest National Rankings

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By Tim O'Dowd
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s cross country team jumped up two spots in the latest national poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coach’s Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday morning.

The Big Green moved from No. 13 last week to No. 11 in the most recent rankings.

The move was thanks in large part to the team’s seventh-place showing at Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Leading the way in Madison was senior Abbey D'Agostino, who not only won and finished 14 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, but broke the course record in the process as she ran a 19:31.

D’Agostino has now won all three races in which she has competed this season, including Wisconsin and the Paul Short Invitational in addition to the Dartmouth Invitational in mid-September.

Dartmouth was not even receiving votes in the national poll three weeks ago, but following team showings of second and seventh at Paul Short and Wisconsin, the Big Green have made a considerable splash on the scene in recent weeks.

The highest ranked of three Ivy League teams in the rankings, Dartmouth is joined by Princeton (No. 23) and Cornell (No. 24) this week.

In the regional poll, the Big Green remain at No. 2 as they sit behind Providence, a team that dropped from first to fourth in the national rankings.

A weekend off is in store for the Green and White as they prepare for the 2013 Cross Country Heptagonal Championship at Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 2.