NEW ORLEANS – The U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday morning that Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino has been named the 2013 Women’s National Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
D’Agostino claimed the award on the heels of Saturday’s historic NCAA Cross Country National Championship, becoming the first Ivy League student-athlete on either the men’s or women’s side to win the individual title.
The Topsfield, Mass., native was third in 2011 and the runner-up last season in her previous two trips to the NCAA meet before finally capturing the one title that has eluded her during her collegiate career.
A now five-time national champion and 10-time All-American, D’Agostino solidified herself in the annals of not only Dartmouth, but also the Ivy League as the most decorated individual male or female student-athlete in any sport since 1883.
In the calendar year of 2013 alone, D’Agostino has won four national championships between indoor (5000m/3000m), outdoor (5000m) and cross country (6K), more than twice as many as any other track & field athlete has ever posted in an entire career. She also was the 2012 outdoor national champion in the 5000m, illustrating her dominance in the last year and a half in distance running at the college level.
Her recognition as the National Athlete of the Year during cross country season is new, but it is not the first time that the USTFCCCA has honored her as the top female during a season. D’Agostino was named the National Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013 indoor campaign after becoming the first women ever to win the 3000m and 5000m national crowns in the same year.
This season, D’Agostino was a perfect 6-for-6 in races, including wins at the Wisconsin Invitational, the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, the Northeast Regional and the NCAA National Championship this past weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.
At Nationals, the Big Green senior and captain paced herself behind race leader Kate Avery of Iona for nearly 4000m before using her strong kick to overtake first place and never look back, finishing the muddy and rain-soaked course in 20:00.3.
Edward Cheserek of Oregon was named the Men’s National Athlete of the Year following his individual title on the men’s 10K course earlier in the afternoon. Mark Wetmore of the Colorado men’s team and Providence women’s coach Ray Treacy were tabbed as the National Coaches of the Year for helping guide their squads to team championships.