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D'Agostino Named USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Athlete of the Year

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By Tim O'Dowd

NEW ORLEANS – On the strength of winning her third straight NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, it was announced Tuesday that Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Cross Country Northeast Regional Athlete of the Year.

The honor from the sport’s main governing body is the third straight for D’Agostino as she was also recognized as the region’s top female cross country runner in both 2011 and 2012. She is the only current three-time regional winner in the nation and just the seventh student-athlete ever to claim the accolade in three seasons.

For D’Agostino, the honor is the fifth of her career as she was also the indoor and outdoor regional of the year in 2012-13 in addition to her three cross country awards.

The senior from Topsfield, Mass., garnered the honor once again for perhaps her most dominating cross country season to date. D’Agostino was a perfect 5-for-5 this fall in collegiate races, winning those races by an average of 28.2 seconds. Most recently, she helped guide the Big Green back to the NCAA Championship Meet as a team for the first time since 2001 as they claimed second place overall with 84 points, led by her first-place individual showing. D’Agostino was also the top runner at Heps and helped the Green and White claim their first Ivy crown since 1997.

D’Agostino ran a 19:48.3 on the 6K Van Cortlandt Park course on Friday, Nov. 15 to once again retain her title as the top individual runner in the region. That time was nearly 11 seconds ahead of the second-place Emily Sisson of Providence (19:59.1) and was the closest any competing runner has been to Dartmouth’s top harrier all fall. The Friars currently rank as the top team in the nation with Sisson as their anchor.

A third-place finisher in 2011 and the national runner-up by less than a second last fall, D’Agostino will line up on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at her final NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet, joined by her Dartmouth teammates for the first time. She is seeking her fifth individual NCAA title, a feat that would also make her the first cross country champion ever to come from an Ivy program on either the men’s or women’s side.