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Freshman Dana Giordano Leads Women's Cross Country at Heps

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By John and Matt Risley

PRINCETON, N.J. - Dartmouth freshman cross country runner Dana Giordano made a good impression in her first Heptagonal Championship Saturday morning at Princeton's West Windsor Fields, finishing 14th in 20:56.8.

Giordano's placement not only had her as the league's top freshman, but also earned her All-Ivy Second Team honors as part of the second group of seven runners to finish.

As a team on the 6K course, the Big Green women claimed seventh place with 162 points. Cornell won for the team title for the second year in a row, marking the first repeat since the Big Red won three in a row from 1991-93.

Katie Kellner benefited from the absence of Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino to take the top spot and individual Heps crown in 20:28.5. Overall, Cornell had the top three finishers on the day.

After Giordano, junior Hannah Rowe was the next Big Green runner to cross the line, doing so in 19th place with the official time of 21:08.3.

The trio of senior Katie Sullivan (21:55.0) and sophomores Alison Lanois (21:57.8) and Claudia Pham (21:58.3) rounded out the scoring as the three Dartmouth harriers crossed in the 42nd, 43rd and 44th places, respectively.

The two Big Green runners to just miss out on picking up points for their team were not far back of that grouping, completing a cluster of Green and White. Sophomore Ashley Ulrich (21:58.8) and junior Katelyn Walker (22:01.8) claimed the 45th and 47th spots, respectively, as well.

Now, the team must regroup and shift its mindset to NCAA Regionals in two weeks in New London, Conn. The race is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9.

Team finishes:
1) Cornell, 31
2) Princeton, 91
3) Brown, 93
3) Harvard, 93
5) Yale, 108
6) Columbia, 116
7) Dartmouth, 162
8) Penn, 204