Dartmouth's D'Agostino Wins NCAA Women's Cross Country Regional for Second-Straight Year
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino defended her individual title at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Northeast Regional, winning for the second-straight year, Friday at Hammonassett State Park in Madison, Conn. D'Agostino claimed the top spot in a field of more than 250 competitors with a time of 19:51.1.
The top two teams from each regional 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.
Cornell, which came in ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 8 nationally, placed third with 118 points to lead all the Ivy teams. The top two teams, Providence (46) and UConn (67), earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championship. The Big Red hopes to receive an at-large bid when they are announced on Saturday.
Brown junior Margaret Connelly was the second Ivy to cross the finish line, coming in seventh with a time of 20:11.6. She was followed by Cornell senior Katie Kellner, the 2012 Ivy League individual champion, who placed ninth with a time of 20:13.9. D'Agostino, Connelly and Kellner all earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship.
Overall, the League saw seven of its runners finish among the top-20. Big Red teammates Rachel Sorna (11th) and Emily Shearer (15th) joined Harvard junior Emily Reese (19th) and sophomore Viviana Hanley (20th).
The Crimson placed fourth as a team with 150 points, followed by Yale (seventh, 215), Brown (eighth, 223), Columbia (ninth, 226) and Dartmouth (10th, 234).
Meanwhile, in University Park, Pa., Princeton placed fourth and Penn took eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Tigers earned 101 points, trailing the host Penn State (61), Georgetown (63) and Villanova (96). Princeton senior Greta Feldman was the first Ivy to cross the finish line, placing eighth with a time of 20:37. She was joined among the top-20 by teammates Emily De La Bruyere (12th) and Jackie Nicholas (17th). Penn was led by freshman Hannah Grossman, who took 34th with a time of 21:43.
Complete Mid-Atlantic Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Mid-Atlantic Region (Women)
Princeton - 4th - 101 points
Penn - 8th - 297 points
Complete Northeast Women's Results
Ivy Team Finishes - Northeast Region (Women)
Cornell - 3rd - 118 points
Harvard - 4th - 150 points
Yale - 7th - 215 points
Brown - 8th - 223 points
Columbia - 9th - 226 points
Dartmouth - 10th - 234 points