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D'Agostino Named USTFCCCA National Female Athlete of the Week

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NEW ORLEANS – Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Female Athlete of the Week, her fourth individual honor from the organization this year.

D’Agostino’s latest recognition comes thanks to her record-setting 5000m race Friday night at the 55th Annual Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.

In her first 5000m race of the outdoor season, the Big Green junior broke her own school record by more than eight seconds as she ran a 15:11.35, just two seconds off the fastest time in the world this year.

She not only broke her own program record of 15:19.98 set last June in the finals of the Olympic Trials, but also was the third-fastest time ever run by a collegiate runner in season. In running that time, D’Agostino surpassed the USA Track & Field ‘A’ Standard and has qualified for June’s US Championship in Des Moines.

"Abbey ran a very tough race at Mt. Sac and against some great professional athletes,” assistant coach Mark Coogan said. “It is never easy to lead a 5000-meter race from start to finish and that is what she did.

“She was determined to reach the ‘A’ standard for the world championships this summer and she accomplished her goal. To post a 15:11 means she was really flying out there and I am very proud of Abbey."

D’Agostino is the only Dartmouth runner to eclipse the 16-minute mark in the 5000m, a figure she has surpassed five times in the last two years.

As impressive as the time was, the way in which D’Agostino attained the mark might be more impressive. The current national title holder in the event in both the indoor and outdoor seasons led the field wire-to-wire and crossed the finish line nearly 10 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

The field that D’Agostino left behind included some of the most accomplished runners in the event, highlighted by Neely Spence, the top American finisher at the recent IAAF Cross Country Championships in Europe.

In mid-March D’Agostino was named the USTFCCCA Indoor Division I Female Athlete of the Year for her impressive performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championship in Arkansas, becoming the first American woman to ever win both the 3000m and 5000m in a career, let alone in one meet. She has also been tabbed as the USTFCCCA Indoor Northeast Regional Track Athlete of the Year as well as the organization’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012 Cross Country season.