HANOVER, N.H. - The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has honored Dartmouth runner Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) as the Female Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year.
A sophomore in 2011-12, D'Agostino rewrote the Big Green record books this spring. A First Team All-American and NCAA Division I National Champion in the 5,000 Meters, the second-year harrier put together arguably one of the most successful individual campaigns in program history.
Her national title in the 5,000 was the first ever for a Dartmouth woman as she narrowly edged out the second-place finisher by just three-hundredths of second to earn the crown in early June at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
D'Agostino is the first Dartmouth or Ivy League student-athlete to be presented with any of the four major annual scholarly awards presented by the USTFCCCA on either the men's or women's side since the program began in 2007. She was also named the USTFCCCA 2012 Northeast Region Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative grade-point average is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories for each men and women.
D'Agostino was honored not only for her record-setting season on the track, but also for earning a 3.65 cumulative GPA in psychology in the classroom.
With being named the Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year, D'Agostino also was given the distinction of being a USTFCCCA Division I Track & Field All-Academic Honoree. Senior Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) also was honored as a member of the All-Academic Team as she graduated with a 3.77 GPA with a degree in English and a minor in Public Policy. Pappas was a First-Team All-American as well in 2012 with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships in June.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
California's Deborah Maier was named the Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year with a 3.82 GPA, while Brigetta Barrett from Arizona earned the indoor field honors for carrying a mark of 3.51. The Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year honor was presented to Brittany Borman of Oklahoma for her 3.75 GPA.