HANOVER, N.H. – For the third straight year, women’s cross country senior Abbey D'Agostino claimed the top women’s spot at the season-opening Dartmouth Invitational, held Saturday morning at the Hanover Country Club.
D’Agostino took home the victory on the 6K course by running a 20:12.34, besting the second-place runner by an astonishing 52 seconds.
The Big Green women claimed third as a team with 63 points. Georgetown, the 2011 NCAA National Champion, took first with 46, while regional power Syracuse was second as it earned 54 points.
To put Saturday’s margin of victory in perspective: as a junior, D’Agostino won the Big Green’s annual home meet by 35 seconds (20:48.0). On the 5K course run as a sophomore, the Topsfield, Mass., native bested the second-place runner by 14 seconds. Those two previous margins of victory combined still fall short of the incredible figure posted on this day.
For D’Agostino, the top returning individual runner from last season’s cross country national championship meet, Saturday’s competition should set the tone for what she will face the rest of the way as Dartmouth will line up against top teams from across the country throughout the fall.
Junior Sarah Delozier will also see that tough competition all season and was part of the lead pack the entire race Saturday. The next Big Green harrier to cross the line after D’Agostino, Delozier did so in fifth place with a time of 21:06.20. Sophomore Dana Giordano was 12th overall and the third Dartmouth runner across the line. The team’s top performer at last fall’s Heps, Giordano finished Saturday’s race in 21:25.95.
After Dartmouth, Northwestern (107) claimed fourth place as a team followed by Brown (141), Bentley (163) and Keene State (196).
The Green and White will have a bit of a break as the team will not run again until stepping up to the starting line of the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5.