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November 17, 2012

Dartmouth's D'Agostino Takes Second at NCAA Cross Country Championship

Complete NCAA Women's Championship Results

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino matched the all-time Ivy League record by placing second in the NCAA Cross Country Championship, Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

D’Agostino finished the 6K race in 19:28.6, bettering the third-place finish she recorded in 2011. In doing so, D’Agostino became the third Ivy League runner to take second in the championship, following Yale’s Kate O’Neill in 2002 and Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum in 2005.

No Ivy on the men’s or women’s side has ever won the individual NCAA title but D’Agostino certainly gave it the old college try, finishing less than a second behind the champion, Iowa State’s Betsy Saina. D'Agostino's second-place finish is the best in school history in the NCAA Championships for either the men or the women, bettering her mark from a year ago.

Cornell and Harvard brought their full squads to Kentucky, finishing 13th and 31st, respectively. The Big Red, appearing in the national championships as a team for the first time since 2001, had its best finish since 1993 when it took fourth. Cornell placed 30th in 1998 and 2001.

For the second time all year, Rachel Sorna was the Big Red's top runner, taking 32nd place and scoring 23 points for the team. She crossed the finish line in 20:12.0 and was the second Ivy League finisher in the entire race. Senior Katie Kellner was right behind Sorna in 34th place. The Ivy League champion finished in 20:12.8, less than a second behind Sorna.

D’Agostino, Sorna and Kellner earn United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America status after finishing among the top-40. For D’Agostino, it is her second-straight such honor, while Sorna and Kellner earned the award for the first time in their careers.

Oregon won the team championship with 114 points. Former Dartmouth runner Alexi Pappas, now a post-grad with the Ducks, placed eighth overall.