TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - In her first season of collegiate cross country, Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) finished third at Monday’s 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships in a time of 19:42.9.
D'Agostino's third-place finish is the best in school history for either the men or the women. The previous Dartmouth record at the NCAA Championships was a fourth-place finish by Bob Kampainen in 1986 in 30:56.
A strong kick in the final 200 meters put D'Agostino in a good position to compete for the top spot, but Villanova's Sheila Reid (19:41.2) held off the Big Green harrier and second-place finisher Jordan Hasay of Oregon to win her second straight individual national championship.
D'Agostino's finish earned her All-American honors. Last spring, she was also an All-American during the outdoor track & field season in the 5,000 meters.
Georgetown claimed its first-ever team national championship with Emily Infield's fourth-place helping the Hoyas to the title. Dartmouth head coach Mark Coogan's daughter, Katrina, placed 67th overall and earned 46 points for the champion Hoyas on this day.
The Big Green cross country and track & field community will now look to the indoor season which gets underway Jan. 6 at Leverone Fieldhouse for the three-day Dartmouth Relays.