Three Ivies Honored With USTFCCCA Regional Awards
Portions of this story courtesy of Cornell and Harvard Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and the USTFCCCA.
NEW ORLEANS -- Three Ivies were honored by the
United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association (USTFCCCA) when it announced its Division I Indoor
Track & Field Region Award winners earlier this week.
The Ivy League swept the women’s Northeast Region awards, as Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino was named Track Athlete of the Year and Harvard senior Adabelle Ekechukwu was named Field Athlete of the Year. For the men, Cornell junior Stephen Mozia received Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year honors.
Moreover, Big Red men’s head coach Nathan Taylor was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
D'Agostino took home the honor for the second-straight year. She has now been selected as the top female runner in the Northeast Region in each of the last six seasons of competition between indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country.
The defending national champion in both the 3,000m and 5,000m, D’Agostino will look to repeat in both at this weekend’s 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. Already the only American woman ever to win the two distance events in a single career, D’Agostino will seek to become the first woman to win both in consecutive years for the first time ever.
As the top-ranked weight thrower in the northeast all season long, the Oak Brook, Ill., native won her third-straight Ivy League title this season with a toss of 20.81m (68-3 ¼). She remains the only woman in Ancient Eight history to surpass the 20-meter barrier and holds all of the top-10 marks in conference history.
Mozia broke his own Ivy League record in the shot put at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships with an all-time League record heave of 68-2¼ (20.79m), good for No. 2 among collegians in 2014. He smashed the meet record previously held by Olympic Gold Medalist, Dartmouth’s Adam Nelson by more than a meter. Mozia will compete in the shot put at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.