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Abbey D'Agostino Wins NCAA Northeast Region Championship

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Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd.     By Beverly Schaefer
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AMHERST, N.Y. - Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) added another impressive feat to her 2011 season Saturday afternoon as she won the individual title at the NCAA Northeast Region Championship.

D'Agostino placed first in a field of 243 runners on the 8K Audobon Golf Course in suburban Buffalo with a 20:25 finish. The second-place runner was 14 seconds back of D'Agostino as Syracuse's Lauren Penny finished in 20:39.

The top spot in the race earned the Big Green sophomore All-Northeast Region honors and helped Dartmouth to a 10th-place team finish with 238 points Saturday afternoon.

Just two weeks ago, D'Agostino paced the entire Ivy League and became the first female Big Green runner to win Heps since 1997. This week, her top finish will garner national attention as she beat out runners from 35 other schools from seven states.

D'Agostino will also be going to the NCAA Championships after finishing as the top runner not on one of the two automatic qualifying teams.

Syracuse and Boston College earned the automatic berths to the NCAA Championships next week in Terre Haute, Ind., by securing the top two-team spots with 116 and 127 team points.

Senior Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) was the second Dartmouth runner to finish, crossing the line 30th in 21:34.

Sophomore Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Caitie Meyer (Weston, Mass.) and Bridget End (Summit, N.J.) rounded out the scoring as they were the third, fourth and fifth Big Green runners to finish. Rowe was 56th (22:09), Meyer was 61st (22:14) and End was 90th (22:44).

Juniors Katie Sullivan (Carmel, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine) were sixth and seven for Dartmouth, respectively. Sullivan was 122nd (23:18), while D'Orazio was 152nd (23:49).

Cornell finished third as a team with 137 points. Columbia was fourth (151), Yale finished sixth (164), Brown was one back of the Big Green in 11th (241) and Harvard was 14th (353). New Hampshire also placed 12th on Saturday (274).