D'Agostino, Cabral Win National Championships on Final Day of NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Portions of this story courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
DES MOINES, Iowa – Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino and Princeton senior Donn Cabral won national championships in the 5,000m and steeplechase, respectively, on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
After the three-day competition, Dartmouth was the Ivy League leader on the women's side with 16 points, tying for 14th overall. Princeton (four points, t-50th) and Columbia (one point, t-63rd) also tallied team points. On the men's side, Princeton tied for 27th with 11 points, Harvard tied for 43rd with five points and Penn finished in 63rd-place with 2.5 points.
Both D'Agostino and Cabral earned USTFCCCA first-team All-America status for their victories on Saturday. But they were not the only first-team All-Americans for the Ivy League on the final day of competition, as Princeton junior Greta Feldman (1,500m) and Columbia freshman Nadia Eke (triple jump) also earned the honor.
D'Agostino claimed Dartmouth's first-ever individual national title with a time of 16:11.34 to earn her second-straight first-team All-America honor after finishing third in this event last year. The Big Green women have never had an individual champion before in the history of the program and D'Agostino's title on Saturday is the first for either the Big Green men or the women since 1997 when Adam Nelson won the shot put.
With 10 points from D'Agostino and six more from Alexi Pappas earned form a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last night, Dartmouth finished tied for 14th with 16 team points. That placement in the standings is another program best, surpassing the 27th-place finish in 1991.
Cabral completed an undefeated season in the steeplechase and earned Princeton's third outdoor National Championship. He became Princeton's first outdoor national champion since Tora Harris won the 2002 high jump, and is the first individual track national champion since 1934 when William Bonthron won the mile.
Cabral won the race with a time of 8:35.44 and was five seconds better than the second-place finisher. The runner-up in the event the past two years, Cabral earns his eighth All-America honor.
Feldman finished fifth in the national final of the women's 1,500m with a time of 4:14.76 to become Princeton's first first-team All-America in that event. Feldman's semifinal time of 4:12.73 on Thursday assured her a place at the U.S. Olympic trials in late June.
Eke's first-team All-America honor in the triple jump was the culmination of a successful freshman season that saw her win the 2012 Ivy League championships in the indoor and outdoor triple jumps and the Ivy League runner-up in the outdoor long jump.
Eke has qualified to compete in the 14h IAAF Wold Junior Championships, which will be held from July 10-15 in Barcelona. She has qualified to represent Ghana. Eke's 13.32m triple jump currently ranks eighth in the world among junior marks.