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The Big Green in Eugene, Day 5: Getting Ready for the 5000m Final

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By Pat Salvas
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EUGENE, Oregon – Today is the day that many people in the Dartmouth community have been waiting for. The women’s 5000m final is set to get underway in a couple of hours and the excitement around it back home was tremendous before we left to come out to Oregon.

Though it may be exciting back in Hanover, you would never know that the race was today based on the early-morning attitudes of its two Big Green participants. Abbey D'Agostino and Dana Giordano went out on the roads around the hotel for a leisurely run as to get the blood flowing and the legs ready for this afternoon’s race. The run lasted no more than 15 minutes and was nothing out of the ordinary for the two harriers on a race day.

Assistant coaches Scott Phelps and Mark Coogan joined the duo for breakfast for one final talk. That exchange had little to do with strategy to be used during the race and more to do with Giordano’s insistence that D’Agostino get an Instagram account or accept the hundreds of Facebook friends that have piled up in her nearly dormant account.

The three groups all departed the hotel at different times, making their way to Historic Hayward Field to cheer on or participate in the 5000m final.

Megan Krumpoch, part of the first group to arrive, returned to the site of her most recent All-American status, earned last night in the 800m final when she used an incredible final kick to take fifth.

It’s graduation day here at the University of Oregon so there are more people in the surrounding areas than in the past few days, but parking and driving in was relatively easy. They are expecting another day or more than 10,000 fans inside the stadium when the finals of the running events begin at 2 p.m.

The 5000m final will get underway at 3:24 p.m. local time (6:24 p.m. ET) and will be carried live on ESPNU. If you are in the Hanover area, don’t forget that the race will be shown live on the video scoreboard at Memorial Field. Fans are encouraged to to use the hashtage #RunWithAbbey when tweeting about the day's action.

Graduation Duck on the sidewalk outside the university's bookstore.