Portions of this story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications
EUGENE, Ore. -- In her final race as an Ivy
League student-athlete, Dartmouth senior Abbey
D’Agostino placed third overall in the women’s
5,000m at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in
D’Agostino had come into the race with seven national championships, including the last two outdoor 5K titles. Her attempt to become the third woman in NCAA history to three-peat at the event came just short, as she crossed the line in 15:43.54, trailing Texas’ Murielle Hall (15:35.11) and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe (15:37.74).
“It’s obviously disappointing, but I gave everything my body had today,” D’Agostino said. “That’s just the way the sport works sometimes and you just have to roll with it.
“I just feel so blessed when I think about all Dartmouth has given me in my time here. I felt like a true student-athlete in my four years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have represented the college in that time,” the Topsfield, Massachusetts, native said in a post-race interview.
Two other Ivies ran in the women’s 5K, including Columbia junior Waverly Neer (10th) and D’Agostino’s teammate sophomore Dana Giordano (22nd).
On the men’s side, two Ivies competed in the triple jump, led by Princeton senior Damon McLean, who took 12th overall. Harvard freshman Efe Uwaifo finished 24th. Brown senior Evan Weinstock, who took part in the decathlon, compiled 7,026 points to place 20th.
As a team, Dartmouth and Princeton led the women's squads by tying for 22nd overall out of 67 teams. Cornell finished in a tie for 42nd-place. On the men's side, Cornell placed 31st out of 78 teams, followed by Penn (42nd).