Dartmouth Athletics Holds Annual Celebration of Excellence
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth College Department of Athletics honored seven individual student-athletes and several teams for their achievements in 2013-14 at the annual Celebration of Athletic Excellence on Monday evening inside Leede Arena.
The biggest winner of the night was senior Abbey D'Agostino of the cross country and track teams. The Topsfield, Massachusetts, native walked away as the recipient of the Kenneth Archibald Prize as well as the Class of 1976 Award.
Dartmouth's highest athletic honor, the Kenneth Archibald Prize, is presented annually to “the member of the graduating class who has been four years in attendance, who has been the best all-around athlete, regard also being had to moral worth and high standing in scholarship." The winner traditionally exemplifies all that we hope and expect of the men and women who put on the Dartmouth uniform and take to the field of play. This student-athlete is to be of exemplary athletic skill, of great academic prowess and of high moral character. The Class of 1976 is presented annually to the most outstanding female athlete of the year.
D’Agostino is a true embodiment of everything the Archibald Prize represents after a stellar senior season has pushed her into the realm of the most outstanding Ivy League student-athletes ever. Her seven national championships to this point are the most ever by any one person — male or female — at any Ancient Eight institution ever and ranks second all-time among all NCAA individuals in any sport. She is a 16-time Ivy League champion across all three seasons in addition to a 12-time All-American and a 12-time regional or national award winner from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in her four seasons wearing green.
Her senior campaign that helped earn the Class of 1976 Award is still ongoing, but to this point stands as one of the most exceptional years in Dartmouth and Ivy League history. She began 2013-14 by going undefeated in cross country, culminating in the first national championship ever by an Ivy League male or female runner. D’Agostino continued her excellent stretch with two more individual national titles during the indoor season, repeating in both the 3000m and 5000m for the second year in a row. She also won three Ivy titles at both indoor and outdoor league championship meets and helped lead the Big Green to the cross country title for the first time since 1997. In finishing first at the conference’s cross country championship meet for the second time, D’Agostino also broke the league’s 6K course record (19:40.8) by 48 seconds as well as setting a new mark for largest margin of victory (:39.2).
The most outstanding male athlete of the year was presented the Alfred E. Watson Trophy with the honor going to senior Will Geoghegan of the men’s cross country and track teams. A two-time All-American across two seasons of competition this year, Geoghegan posted the top finish by a Big Green male at the cross country national championship meet in over a decade, taking 14th place. He would go on to claim fifth in the mile at the indoor championships hosted by New Mexico in March after setting a program and Ivy League record of 3:58.04 in the event earlier in the season. The Brunswick, Maine, native also took down a 25-year-old Dartmouth record in the 3000 meters with a time of 7:51 during indoor season, plus ran the anchor for the distance medley relay (DMR) team that won a Heps title in Hanover, cementing his dominant role on the track in 2013-14.
The Class of 1948 Scholar-Athlete Awards, given "to one male and one female of the junior class, who have combined outstanding performance in athletics and significant achievement in academics," were presented to Ali Savage of the field hockey team and Silas Talbot of the cross country, track & field and ski teams.
Savage, a neuroscience major with a 3.49 GPA, finished the fall season tied for the Ivy League lead in both points (39) and assists (9), while scoring the second-most goals (15) and was named to the conference’s first team for the third straight year. She has also been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad each of her three seasons with the Big Green.
An engineering major that maintains a 3.51 GPA, Talbot was named to the All-East First Team each of the past two years, earning All-America honors as a sophomore by placing ninth in the 20K Free at the NCAA Skiing Championships, then narrowly missed out on the honor this year by finishing 11th in the event. Last year during outdoor track season, he was a regional qualifier for the 1500 meters and is on the cusp of qualifying once again this year.
Ari Kenyon of the women’s soccer team was the winner of the Class of 1950 Award as “the varsity student-athlete who has demonstrated the most extraordinary commitment to community service.” Kenyon has taken part in Thetford Mentors since arriving in the Upper Valley in 2010. The senior and Hanover, Massachusetts, native has done a great deal with SEAD, with which she volunteered as an academic coach in each of the last two summers. She also worked as a SEAD intern at Fairmont Senior High School in West Virginia in the winter of 2013, helping seniors complete college applications, teaching an ACT prep class and providing academic support to students in math recovery courses. In addition, Kenyon is currently the Assistant Student Director working with Academic Coaches this spring and into the summer.
The Timothy Wright Ellis Award is given to a man showing the extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability and is nominated and voted on by the captains of the men’s teams. This year’s award went to Ian Woon of the men’s swimming and diving team. A government major, while maintaining a 3.50 grade point average, Woon has already been voted his team’s captain for next year. Away from the pool, he is a Dartmouth Peak Performance mentor, a vice-president of Interfraternity Council, a research assistant for the Government Department and volunteers his time working for the Haven.
Alex St. Romain of the softball team was honored as the recipient of the Agnes Kurtz Award, given to “that woman who best combines proficiency in athletics with dedication to the furthering of women’s sports” as nominated and voted on by the captains of the Big Green women’s teams. St. Romain makes every effort to attend nearly every women’s sporting event possible, encouraging her teammates to join her in supporting fellow Big Green student-athletes whenever it is possible. When unable to attend games, she follows the action through any live feed she can, demonstrating her love for Dartmouth athletics and the peers who also represent the Big Green.
The Big Green Cup is now in its fifth year and is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Cup is awarded to the winningest varsity program in a year-long competition. Points are earned as athletes are encouraged to support one another at athletic events, achieve high academic standards, compete at the highest level in their sports and serve the community. The winner of the fifth annual Big Green Cup was the women’s crew team.
Additionally, the women’s cross country and softball teams were recognized for having won Ivy League championships in 2013-14. Though not officially recognized by the league office due to the lack of five school-sponsored varsity programs, the Big Green equestrian team was also honored for winning an Ivy title this spring against the seven other programs from around the conference.
D'Agostino also was presented with the Honda Award for Women's Cross Country as the top individual runner in the nation this past fall season.
Kenneth Archibald Prize &
Class of 1976 Award
Alfred E. Watson Trophy
Class of 1948 Award (Male)
Class of 1948 Award (Female)
Class of 1950 Award
|Alex St. Romain
Agnes Kurtz Award
The Timothy Wright Ellis Award
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