NEW ORLEANS - With the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships approaching this weekend in Arkansas, junior Abbey D'Agostino already has started to collect some national hardware.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday morning that D'Agostino had been named it's Division I Indoor Northeast Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
This marks the second time in her collegiate career that D'Agostino has been honored with a Regional Athlete of the Year accolade from the sport's main governing body after being recognized in similar fashion following the 2012 outdoor season.
A junior from Topsfield, Mass., D'Agostino currently holds the fastest collegiate time in the 3000 meters this season (8:55.41) as well as the second-best time in the mile (4:30.03), setting a new Dartmouth record in the process at the Millrose Games.
The individual champion in both the mile and the 5000 meters at Heps two weeks ago, she set a new meet record in the 5K in 15:47.02. That new Ivy League meet standard obliterated the old mark by nearly 11 seconds, while also besting the second-place finisher by more than nine seconds.
"Abbey has continued to work very hard this winter to improve her times and is looking forward to the NCAA Championships this weekend in Arkansas" assistant women's track coach Mark Coogan said. "She is a very serious athlete who is dedicated to being the best runner she can be, while not neglecting her academics. I think the entire coaching staff feels very lucky to have an athlete of her caliber here at Dartmouth."
Just two weeks ago, the USTFCCCA named D'Agostino the 2012 Division I National Cross Country Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. It was her second national academic recognition after also taking home the award during the 2012 outdoor season.
D'Agostino will run in both the 3000 and 5000 meters this weekend in Fayetteville, looking to capture another individual national title after winning the program's first last season in the outdoor 5000. She will also look to continue her trend of earning All-American status at a sixth straight NCAA Championship meet (2011 and 2012 Outdoor, 2012 Indoor, 2011 and 2012 Cross Country). She placed eighth in the 3000 during the 2012 meet in Boise last March as well as helping the Big Green DMR to a third-place finish.