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HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino became the first student-athlete from the Ivy League to appear on the Bowerman Watch List as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday morning.
The first release of the regular season by the Bowerman Watch List Committee included the junior from Topsfield, Mass., and Big Green standout, marking the first time either a male or female student-athlete from an Ivy League program has ever garnered this recognition as one of the top individuals in the sport.
Just a few years old, the Bowerman Award, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.
Each week, the organization releases a list of several strong candidates for the accolade. This week, D'Agostino was one of 10 student-athletes to be featured on the list that included individuals from national powers Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, LSU, Oregon, Clemson, Illinois and Kansas.
A threat for a national championship in several events - including a repeat run at the 5000m that she won last season - D'Agostino is the fastest collegiate runner in the mile and 3000m as well as third in the 1000m. Her 2:45.42 in the mile may not be the fastest in the nation anymore as it was when she ran it, but that time is the best ever for an Ivy League female.
Until now, Princeton's Connor McCullough has been the only Ivy student-athlete to be recognized by the committee when he was part of the weekly 'also receiving nominations' last March. That changed with D'Agostino's inclusion on a list usually dominated by SEC competitors.