HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's cross country team will face its biggest meet to-date when it runs at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted by Princeton Saturday at West Windsor Field.
The Big Green have already run at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., this season on the same course that will host the NCAA Championships in November, but this week will have the team competing directly against the seven other Ivy League schools.
The women's 6K race will mark the second of the day and is set to begin at noon.
Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) figures to play a major role in Saturday's race after finishing second in Indiana two weeks ago. An All-American in the 5,000 meters last spring during the outdoor track season and a strong first year of college cross country has D'Agostino primed for a big day.
Several other members of the Big Green figure to factor prominently into the scoring Saturday afternoon as the team tries to upend defending champion Princeton on its home course.
Sophomores Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Caitie Meyer (Weston, Mass.) have also run well in their second season with the Big Green and are two of Dartmouth's runners who should fare well Saturday in Princeton.
A week after earning the final spot on this week's roster with a team-best finish at the Mayor's Cup in Boston, senior Christina Supino (Windham, N.H.) will run at Heps on Saturday. She will be joined by fellow senior Elizabeth Short (North Reading, Mass.) as two of the three seniors running in their final Heps.
Juniors Katie Sullivan (Carmel, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine) will join a strong contingent of sophomores as Bridget End (Summit, N.J.), Arianna Vailas (Manchester, N.H.) and Lindsay Walsh (Swampscott, Mass.), along with D'Agostino, will compete for Dartmouth this weekend.
Last season, the Big Green placed seventh at this meet held at Van Cortlandt Park, but an improved core should have the team challenging for one of the top spots in 2011.