HANOVER, N.H. – On Saturday morning, the Dartmouth women’s cross country team will be in an unfamiliar place. Members of the team have run at West Windsor Fields before, site of the 6K race that lays ahead of them.

However, it will be the first time in a long time that the Big Green will line up at the Heptagonal Championship as one of the strong favorites.

Princeton once again hosts this year’s cross country Heps, set to get underway at noon for the eight women’s teams competing.

Impressive team showings against some of the best programs in the country all fall long have Dartmouth ranked 11th in the most recent national poll and second in the Northeast Region, behind only Providence, the top team in the nation.

After missing last year’s race, senior Abbey D'Agostino is looking to come back and defend her 2011 title won on this same course.  After a dominating regular season so far with big wins on the national stage, D’Agostino looks to lead the Green and White to prominence in championship season during the coming weeks.

For a complete preview of this weekend’s race, click on the video to hear head coach Mark Coogan discuss his team headed into the 2013 Heps Cross Country Championship.