WALNUT, Calif. - Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino's (Topsfield, Mass.) program record in the 5,000 meters highlighted the weekend of competition for the Dartmouth track & field teams at the Mt. Sac Relays.
The sophomore ran a 15:23.35 Friday night at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, breaking her own record in the event by more than 17 seconds. As a freshman, she ran a 15:40.69 at the NCAA Championship meet to earn All-America honors and set the previous mark (June 10). On Friday, her time was good for third place in the race that featured runners from all over the world and on several well-known clubs.
D'Agostino was the top collegiate runner, edging out Stony Brook's Lucy Dalen and Shelia Reid of Villanova, the individual winner of the last two NCAA Cross Country Championships as well as the 2011 BIG EAST and NCAA titles in the outdoor 5K. Reid is also the Villanova record-holder in this race that had stood for 22 years, finishing in 15:23.64. However, that finish and school-record time was still not good enough to beat D'Agostino on that night.
The time run by D'Agostino was also under the Olympic "B" standard, the second Dartmouth runner to reach that feat in an event this year as Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) has done so twice in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, including Thursday night at Mt. Sac, breaking her own school record in the process.
The race also featured American record holder Molly Huddle, who was the first to finish, doing so in 15:15.91.
On the men's side, John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) ran to a 14th-place finish in the 5,000 meters, crossing the line in 14:07.92. That time is the 11th fastest by a Dartmouth male runner in program history.