HANOVER, N.H. - On a cold and muddy course at Princeton's West Windsor Fields, then-sophomore Abbey D'Agostino fought through the challenging ground conditions and the snow falling all around her to win the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship individual crown.
D'Agostino's title was the first for a Dartmouth women's cross country runner since Jenna Rodgers won in 1997; snapping a 13-year drought for the Big Green.
This year, D'Agostino will be sidelined as the Big Green head back to New Jersey for another shot at the conference title.
You can bet that head coach Mark Coogan will look to improve on last year's fifth-place team finish with 119 points when the Green and White line up to take to the 6K course at 11 a.m.
In the absence of arguably the country's top distance runner in D'Agostino, fans of the Green and White should expect freshman Dana Giordano and junior Hannah Rowe to step up and fill the role at the top of the team's standings.
Defending team champion Cornell as well as Columbia and Princeton have been strong thus far in 2012, but as last year's meet proved, anything can change come race day.