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November 12, 2011

Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino Takes Individual Title at NCAA Cross Country Northeast Regional

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino followed her Ivy League Heptagonal individual title with another championship, winning the individual race in the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, Saturday at the Audobon Golf Course in Amherst, N.Y.

D'Agostino qualified for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21. She will be joined by Princeton senior Alex Banfich, who placed fourth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, which took place at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) Golf Range XC Course in Princess Anne, Md.

Coming off their 1-2 finish in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship on Oct. 29, Cornell and Columbia took third and fourth, respectively, in the Northeast Regional. The Big Red tallied 137 points and the Lions were close behind with 151 points. Syracuse won the event with 116 points, followed by Boston College, which recorded 127 points.

Columbia freshman Waverly Neer missed automatic qualification by two seconds, placing fifth with a time of 20:44.6. Cornell juniors Katie Kellner (14th; 21:14.5) and Genna Hartung (20th; 21:24.5) again led the way for the Big Red while junior Caroline McDonough took 13th with a time of 21:08.7 for the Lions.

Sophomore Liana Epstein (21:05.2) and junior Elizabeth Marvin (21:17.4) paced Yale to a sixth-place finish, taking 11th and 17th, respectively. The Bulldogs were followed by Dartmouth, which finished 10th with 238 points, Brown (11th; 241 points) and Harvard (14th; 353 points). The Bears were led by a pair of top-20 runners in sophomores Heidi Caldwell (15th; 21:14.9) and Margaret Connelly (16th; 21:16.3).

In the Mid-Atlantic Regional, Princeton took fifth overall with 124 points while Penn finished in 11th-place with 332 points.

The top two teams from each regional will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. In addition, 13 at-large teams will be selected. Thirty-six individuals automatically qualify by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team, with two additional individuals chosen by the committee.

Complete Mid-Atlantic Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Women)
Princeton - 5th - 124 points
Penn - 11th - 332 points

Complete Northeast Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Women)
Cornell - 3rd - 137 points
Columbia - 4th - 151 points
Yale - 6th - 164 points
Dartmouth - 10th - 238 points
Brown - 11th - 241 points
Harvard - 14th - 353 points