MADISON, Wis. – Dartmouth women’s cross country senior Abbey D'Agostino is no stranger to the national spotlight. The multi-time All-American and NCAA National Champion once again dominated in a meet featuring some of the best teams and runners in the country, winning the Wisconsin adidas Invitational by 14 seconds and setting a new course record Saturday afternoon.
Crossing the line in the 19:31, the Topsfield, Mass., native cruised to the individual title and breaking the old course record of 19:33 in the process.
The win by D’Agostino helped the Big Green take seventh in the standings with 246 points. Second-place runner Emily Sisson of Providence ran a 19:44, while Marielle Hall of Texas was third in 19:45.
One of the top races in the country all year, a seventh-place showing by Dartmouth will go a long way in helping the team earn a spot at the NCAA Championship Meet next month. Arizona (117) was the team winner with Arkansas (136) and Providence (191) taking second and third.
For D’Agostino, it was the second large-scale meet this season in which she dominated a field of talented student-athletes. On Oct. 5, she bested more than 400 competitors to win the Paul Short Invitational by 26 seconds. Only once in the last two years has D'Agostino not won a cross country meet in which she has lined up in.
Saturday’s race in Madison on the 6K Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course featured nearly 300 runners from a national landscape of programs.
Sophomore Dana Giordano was the second Big Green runner to cross the line, doing so in 20:22, good for 29th overall.
Junior Sarah Delozier was 10 seconds and 10 spots back of Gioradano, taking 39th in 20:32. Classmate Alison Lanois was 77th in 20:56, while senior Hannah Rowe rounded out the Big Green harriers in the scoring as she crossed the line in 21:07, the 100th individual to finish the race.
A one-week hiatus from competition is ahead for the Green and White before they return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the 2013 Heptagonal Championship hosted by Princeton.