NEW ORLEANS – Recent Dartmouth graduate Abbey D'Agostino has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 Indoor Track season the organization announced Tuesday night.
For D’Agostino, this marked the sixth time in her career that she was presented with the honor with two in outdoor (2012, 2013), two in cross country (2012, 2013) and now two for indoor seasons (2013, 2014).
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative grade point average is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner.
Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.
Oregon’s Laura Roseler was named the women’s outdoor winner for track, while Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton was tabbed as the outdoor field recipient. South Dakota’s Emily Grove was the indoor field athlete recognized for work in the classroom in addition to competition.
D’Agostino earned this final scholarly award after once again winning the 3000m and 5000m at the NCAA indoor meet this year, becoming the first collegiate woman to accomplish the distance double in consecutive years.
The Topsfield, Massachusetts, native graduated in June with a degree in psychology, carrying a 3.75 GPA and was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year in late June.
Additionally, sophomore Dana Giordano joined D’Agostino as members of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org
- For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).