PRINCETON, N.J. - In just her first full season of collegiate cross country, sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) of the Dartmouth women’s cross country team won the Heps Championships hosted by Princeton Saturday morning at West Windsor Fields.
With the approaching winter weather already making its way up the east coast and leaving the 6K course scattered with snow in late October, the sophomore harrier left an impression on the rest of the Ivy League competition as she placed first in 21:58.2.
Her finish helped Dartmouth to a fifth-place finish with 119 points on this day. It also marked the first time a member of the Big Green's women's team earned the top spot at Heps since Jenna Rogers ran a 17:48.6 at Van Cortlandt Park in 1997 to edge out teammate Kelly Keane (17:49.6).
Her first-place showing earned All-Ivy League First Team honors as well.
Senior Alexi Pappas (Alemeda, Calif.) and sophomore Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) were the next two Dartmouth runners to finish. Papas was 20th in 22:52.6 with Rowe right behind in 22:57.3 to take 22nd.
Sophomore Caitie Meyer (Weston, Mass.) was the sixth member of the team to finish the snow-covered course, running a 23:53.5 to place 49th. Junior Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine) was 55th in 24:23.5 on this day as well, crossing the line seventh for Dartmouth.
D'Agostino's win also marked the first time since 2006 that someone from a team other than Princeton won the individual title at the annual championship meet.
Cornell used two runners in the top 10 and five in the top 20 to earn the team title with 49 points, edging Columbia by two points (51). Princeton (119) and Yale (104) were third and fourth, respectively. After the Big Green, Harvard (129), Brown (153) and Penn (226) rounded out the field in sixth through eighth.
Place Points Team
1. 49 Cornell
2. 51 Columbia
3. 94 Princeton
4. 104 Yale
5. 119 Dartmouth
6. 129 Harvard
7. 153 Brown
8. 226 Penn