NEW ORLEANS – For the fourth time in her career and the first time during an indoor season, Dartmouth’s Abbey D'Agostino has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week.
D’Agostino was twice honored with the distinction during the 2013 cross country season (Oct. 7 and Nov. 27) and once last spring during the outdoor campaign (April 23).
The Topsfield, Mass., native was recognized after posting the fourth-fastest time ever run by a collegiate woman in the 3000m, running an 8:51.91 Saturday afternoon at the Millrose Games at New York City’s The Armory.
The time bested her previous program record of 8:55.41 set last season at the University of Washington and is the best time in the nation this year by nearly nine seconds (9:00.76, Emily Sisson of Providence). She also has the top time this season in the mile and the 5000m.
D’Agostino is no stranger to national accolades in addition to her now four career weekly honors. The USTFCCCA announced Friday morning that she was also the recipient of the 2013 Division I Women’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year award, her second straight in cross country and the fifth of her career across all three seasons.
Saturday’s race at the Millrose Games featured an elite field of 14 of the best female runners in world. Of the 14 competing, D’Agostino and Kate Avery of Iona were the lone collegians running against 12 professionals, making her fourth-place overall showing in record time an even more impressive feat.
The Dartmouth men’s and women’s track & field teams are off this weekend, but will return to action on Mar. 1-2 inside Leverone Field House as the two will host the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship Meet.