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Big Green Women Finish Fifth at Final Day of Outdoor Heps

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By Tim O'Dowd
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League Heptagonal Championship records in the 1500m and 3000m set last year by Dartmouth’s Abbey D'Agostino at Franklin Field are now a thing of the past as each was broken Sunday at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium.

However, D’Agostino broke both records herself en route to two more individual outdoor titles. The junior from Topsfield, Mass., set a new mark in the 1500m by nearly six seconds (4:17.90) as she ran a 4:11.94 during the midafternoon event. A little over two hours later, D’Agostino eclipsed last year’s standard in the 3000m (9:24.64) with a 9:21.79 to win her second straight crown in the event.

Her win in the 1500m came by an astounding 13.44 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Greta Feldman of Princeton. The 5000m was also not close as Cornell’s Rachel Sorna was the runner-up by more than seven full seconds.

For her efforts in winning the fourth and fifth individual outdoor titles of her career, D’Agostino was tabbed as the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete of the Meet for the second straight year.

Thanks to not only D’Agostino, but a wealth of strong performances from Big Green student-athletes, Dartmouth finished fifth in the team standings with 81 points. Cornell took home its second title in as many years with 145 points.

In one of the most exciting events of the day, junior Megan Krumpoch won the 400m hurdles with a 58.42, tracking down and edging out Harvard’s Autumne Franklin (58.70) in the final stretch to take the crown and the 10 points for her team in dramatic fashion.

Senior Caroline Buck was another member of the Green and White to come up with a career performance in the finals of her respective event, posting a personal best in the 800m. Buck claimed fourth (4 points) with a 2:08.61, nearly a second and a half better than Saturday’s preliminary time.

Junior Janae Dunchack fell just short in her bid to repeat as champion in the heptathlon, finishing second to Harvard’s Mary Hirst. Dunchack posted her best score of the season as she recorded 5,092 points, but Hirst put together a stellar second day to take the title with 5,359. It marks the first time since 2009 that the heptathlon crown did not go to a Dartmouth student-athlete. 

Freshman Jennifer Meech set a new program record in the 200m as she crossed the finish line in 24.34 to earn fifth place (2 points). Meech also ran in the 400m, setting a new personal best with a 55.86 in the final.

Senior Emmaline Berg took home third place in the shot put with a toss of 46-1.25/14.05m, earning six points for the Big Green in the process. Berg also registered a point with a sixth-place showing in the discus as her second attempt of the day was measured at 139-8.0/42.57m.

Another first-year talent picked up points as Mollie Gribbin was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 39-7.75/12.08m. Gribbin was also in the finals of the 100m, but was just outside the scoring in seventh place with a 12.37.

The 4x100m relay team was fourth (47.52) as was the 4x400m group (3:45.62). D’Agostino anchored the 4x800m team that took third in 8:50.00 as Meggie Donovan, Arianna Vailas and Elizabeth Markowitz ran the first three legs to help add another six points to the team total.

Dartmouth will be back at Weaver Stadium next weekend for the ECAC/IC4A meets starting Friday.

1) Cornell - 145      
2) Columbia - 121   
3) Harvard - 118     
4) Princeton - 104   
5) Dartmouth   - 81      
6) Brown - 78   
7) Penn - 56      
8) Yale - 10