EUGENE, Oregon. – It’s all over.
The career of the most prolific track & field athlete in Ivy League history ended Saturday afternoon at Historic Hayward Field. And not in the fashion many saw coming.
Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino was attempting to become just the third woman ever in NCAA history to win the 5000m at an outdoor meet three straight years. That dream was thwarted by Texas’ Murielle Hall (15:35.11) and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe (15:37.74) in the final individual event of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Oregon.
D’Agostino, the two-time defending champion at this distance in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, settled for third in the event, crossing the line in 15:43.54 to earn her 13th career First Team All-America recognition.
Also running for the Big Green on this day was sophomore Dana Giordano, who finished 22nd in 16:47.81. For Giordano, this was her third national championship event of the 2013-14 (indoor, outdoor and cross country) academic calendar, wrapping up the year with two All-American accolades.
“It’s obviously disappointing, but I gave everything my body had today,” D’Agostino said. “That’s just the way the sport works sometimes and you just have to roll with it.
“I just feel so blessed when I think about all Dartmouth has given me in my time here. I felt like a true student-athlete in my four years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have represented the college in that time,” the Topsfield, Massachusetts, native said in a post-race interview.
Hall, Cuffe and D’Agostino pulled away from the rest of the pack with roughly four laps remaining. However, It was with 600 meters remaining that Hall began to put distance between herself and the two others as Cuffe took second and D’Agostino claiming third.
In her time at Dartmouth, D’Agostino became the most decorated individual track & field athlete in Ivy League history, winning six national championships between indoor and outdoor seasons. Her NCAA cross country crown this past fall was the first by an Ivy Leaguer on either the men’s of the women’s side, giving her seven individual titles in her career, tying her for the fifth-most all-time by a collegiate woman across her three seasons of competition.
The Big Green women finished tied in the standings for 22nd overall after scoring 10 points at the meet. D’Agostino earned six points on Saturday, while Megan Krumpoch’s fifth-place showing in the 800m final on Friday night picked up another four.
D’Agostino’s Seven Career NCAA Championships
2012 Outdoor 5000
2013 Indoor 3000
2013 Indoor 5000
2013 Outdoor 5000
2013 Cross Country
2014 Indoor 5000
2014 Indoor 3000