Dartmouth's D'Agostino named USTFCCCA National Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
Portions of this story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications
NEW ORLEANS -- On the heels of two individual national championships this past weekend, Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino has been named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
The organization released its list of male and female national indoor track & field athletes of the year late Tuesday afternoon with D'Agostino becoming the first Ivy League student-athlete to receive the honor.
D'Agostino completed the rare double this past weekend at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet, becoming the first American woman to ever win both the 3,000m and 5,000m in a career, let alone in one meet.
The Topsfield, Mass., native won the 5,000m Friday night, taking the top spot in the event by more than five seconds over second-place finisher Betsy Saina of Iowa State. Saina had entered the race as the top-seeded runner in the 5,000 this year, but fell to D'Agostino's 15:28.11, the fifth-fastest indoor time ever by a woman at the NCAA level.
She wrapped up the weekend with another national crown Saturday night in the 3,000m, an event that she had dominated throughout the year, entering the weekend as the No. 1 seed. An unmatched kick in the final stages of the race gave D'Agostino the third individual national title of her career as she bested second-place Jordan Hasay of Oregon by more than five seconds, claiming the crown in 9:01.08.
The junior concludes the 2013 indoor season with the top time in the 3,000m (8:55.41), the third-best in the 5,000m (15:28.11) and the second best in the mile this season and the seventh fastest by an NCAA woman all-time (4:30.03).
D'Agostino also won individual titles in both the mile and the 5,000m at the Indoor Heptagonal Championship in February at Harvard en route to being named the women's Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Recently, D'Agostino was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women's Indoor track Athlete of the Year, an honor she took to another level with this national recognition. Just three weeks ago, the organization also named D'Agostino the 2012 Division I National Cross Country Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. It was her second national academic recognition after also taking home the award during the 2012 outdoor season.
Following her first national championship in last season's outdoor 5,000m, D'Agostino was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year for 2012 as well.
D'Agostino is now an eight-time first-team All-American over three seasons of competition at six straight NCAA Championships.
Also earning recognition on a national level from the USTFCCCA was Andrea Geubelle of Kansas as the Women's Field Athlete of the Year, Arizona's Lawi Lalang as the Men's Track Athlete of the Year and Derek Drouin of Indiana as the Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
Moreover, 10 Ivies earned USTFCCC All-America honors. First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight in an event or were a member of an eight-person final. Second-team honors were earned by those who finished between ninth and 16th place.
On the women's side, D'Agostino earned a pair of first-team honors thanks to her national titles in the 3,000m and 5,000m. She was joined on the first team by Harvard freshman Martina Salander, who placed fifth in the pentathlon at NCAAs.
The second team featured three Ivy League athletes. Cornell junior Rachel Sorna, who placed 11th in the 5,000m, was joined by a pair of Crimson in junior Adabelle Ekechukwu (12th, weight throw) and sophomore Erika Veidis (10th, 800m).
On the men's side, Cornell junior Montez Blair and sophomore Stephen Mozia earned second-team accolades after placing 11th in the high jump and shot put, respectively. Princeton junior Damon McLean finished 14th in the triple jump to earn second-team status. The Tigers distance medley relay team of junior Michael Williams and seniors Austin Hollimon, Russell Dinkins and Peter Callahan all were named to the first team after winning the national title in their event.