TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Three Ivy League
women’s cross country runners earned United States Track
& Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)
All-America status after finishing among the top-40 in the 2011
NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, Monday in Terre Haute,
Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino led the way by placing third overall with a time of 19:42.9. D'Agostino's third-place finish is the best in school history for either the men or the women. The previous Dartmouth record at the NCAA Championships was a fourth-place finish by Bob Kampainen in 1986.
Princeton senior Alex Banfich also set a program record by taking fifth with a time of 19:45.0, the highest finish by an individual in program history, beating Cack Ferrell’s 10th-place win in 2005. Tigers junior Alexis Mikaelian competed in the race as well and recorded a time of 22:16.0.
Columbia freshman Waverly Neer joined D’Agostino and Banfich as an All-American. Neer placed 40th by just under a second. She was the top first-year finisher in the NCAA's 254-runner field.
Villanova’s Sheila Reid took the individual title with a time of 19:42 while Georgetown won the National Championship with 162 points, besting Washington (170) and Villanova (181).