EUGENE, Ore. – For the third straight year, the final field of collegiate women runners lined up for the 5000 meters will feature Dartmouth’s Abbey D'Agostino.
The defending national champion in the event will look to duplicate the success of her 2012 title Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Championship at Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field.
D’Agostino is no stranger to the national spotlight when competing in Oregon, having run in the Olympic Trials last June on this same track, seeking a berth on the American team headed to London.
Although the Topsfield, Mass., native fell just short of making the Olympic team by less than half a second, her 2012-13 season has now led back to Eugene and a chance to recapture the 5000m outdoor crown.
In 2012, D’Agostino fought through the oppressive heat at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, to claim the first national championship for a Dartmouth track & field student-athlete since 1997 and the first ever for a member of the Big Green’s women’s team.
Now, that title seems like a distant memory as D’Agostino has added two more national championship trophies to the case in the Dartmouth track & field offices after winning both the 3000m and 5000m during this past indoor season.
Prior to that weekend in early March, no other American woman had ever won those two distance events during the indoor season in a career. The junior harrier accomplished the feat in a little over 24 hours, taking both individual championships at Arkansas’ Tyson Track Complex.
In addition to the success of the program’s first title last June, D’Agostino returned from an injury during her freshman season that sidelined her for all of the cross country season and much of the indoor campaign to take third at the 2011 national championship in the 5000m. Her first shot on the national level in the event produced her first of what has now become eight All-America honors in her career.
The reigning champion in the 5000m during the most recent indoor and outdoor seasons, D’Agostino will face 23 of the nation’s top runners when she steps to the line at 9:15 p.m. ET.
Fans can watch the race live from Hayward Field as ESPNU will broadcast the 2013 NCAA Championship live beginning Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
NOTES: D’Agostino is the only one of six runners in the field of 24 who did not compete in this event at her respective conference championship… Her 15:11.35 in the 5000m at the Mt. Sac Relays is the fastest time in the nation this season and the third-fastest time ever run by a collegiate woman in-season… D’Agostino has won every race she has lined up for this season.