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Dartmouth Women Take Second in Tri-Meet With Yale and Columbia

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. – For the second straight week, the Dartmouth women’s track & field team competed in the familiar confines of Leverone Field House, playing host to both Columbia and Yale Saturday afternoon.

However, unlike the Dartmouth Relays of a week ago, the Big Green were unable to come out on top in the team standings. The Lions grabbed the top spot with 72 points, while the Green were second with 56 and teh Bulldogs third with 52.

Running in her first home meet in over a year, senior Abbey D'Agostino won the 1000m in 2:46.88, besting second-place Madeline Rathburn of Columbia by almost eight seconds. The winning time is also the fastest by an Ivy League woman in the event this season, eclipsing the old mark of 2:55.02.

The runner who had previous set that mark in the 1000m was junior Meggie Donovan in December. On Saturday, Donovan ran a 2:15.78 to narrowly edge out Yale’s Shannon McDonnell (2:15.83) in winning the 800m in thrilling fashion. Arianna Vailas (3rd, 2:16.64) and Dana Giordano (4th, 2:16.64) also picked up points in the race for Dartmouth.

On the infield surface, sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn won the high jump, clearing 5-4.5/1.64m on her first attempt, while at the far end of Leverone, senior Emmaline Berg took the top spot in the shot put. Berg’s 45-3.75/13.81m toss on her final attempt proved to be the day’s best mark and gave her five points towards the team score.

Sophomore Jennifer Meech was second in the 400m (57.83) and third in the 200m (25.60) to post a combined five points between her events.

Dartmouth’s 4x800m relay team of Alison Lanois, Giordano, Donovan and D’Agostino combined to run a 9:07.42 in one of the final events of the day. It was once again D’Agostino besting Rathburn at the finish line as the Big Green anchor crossed just two-hundredths of a second better than the Columbia junior in what shaped up to be one of the most exciting finishes inside Leverone in recent memory.

The Green and White will spend next weekend in Boston, competing at BU’s Terrier Invitational on Friday and the Donahue Classic at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.