EUGENE, Ore. - She ran the race of her life, but Abbey D'Agostino '14 (Topsfield, Mass.) just missed out on making the Olympic Team in the 5,000 meters Thursday evening at the US Trials held at Oregon's Historic Hayward Field.
The top qualifier in the semifinals, the Dartmouth sophomore finished fifth in the finals.
D'Agostino needed to meet the Olympic 'A' Standard of 15:20.00 to qualify for London, a time she had never attained in her career. Earlier in the spring, she came close with a 15:23.64 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
On Thursday night with a spot in the Summer Games on the line, D'Agostino ran a personal-best 15:19.98 to take fifth in a photo finish to determine the final qualifier.
The NCAA National Champion in the event, D'Agostino not only set a PR in the finals of the Olympic Trials, she shaved off more than 21 seconds from her time of 15:41.14 that was the fastest during the semifinal heats. She won the collegiate title in Des Moines earlier in the month in 16:11.34, demonstrating her ability to improve her time as the stakes continued to get bigger late in the season.
Julie Culley (15:13.77), Molly Huddle (15:14.40) and Kim Conley (15:19.79) will make up the US team in London in early August as the top three finishers.