Dartmouth's D'Agostino Leads Big Green to Women's Heptagonal Cross Country Championship
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The last time Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino competed in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, in 2011, she won the individual title with a time of 21:58.2 while running through a snowstorm at Princeton's West Windsor Fields.
Two years later at the same location and with no snow to slow her down, D'Agostino shattered the Ivy League 6K record by 48 seconds, recording a time of 19:40.8 en route to her second individual title in the past three years. She also led the Big Green to its first team championship since 1997, when it won its fourth straight.
D'Agostino broke the Ivy League record for widest margin of victory, as the second-place finisher crossed the line 39.2 seconds behind her, breaking the mark of 34.9 that was set by Princeton's Liz Costello in 2008.
The 11th-ranked team in the nation, Dartmouth recorded 38 points to defeat the champion of the last two years, No. 24 Cornell, which accumulated 66 points.
Harvard was third with 73 points, followed by Princeton (95), Columbia (101), Penn (166), Brown (174) and Yale (182).
Dartmouth placed three among the top-10 and five among the top 15. Sophomore Dana Giordano clocked in at 20:29.9 to place fifth, followed by junior Sarah Delozier (seventh, 20:33.7), fellow classmate Alison Lanois (12th, 21:01.9) and sophomore Elizabeth Markowitz (13th, 21:09.2).
Also running in her first Ivy League Cross Country Championship since 2011 was Columbia junior Waverly Neer, who matched her finish from that year, placing second (20:20.0). She was followed by Cornell senior Rachel Sorna (20:22.5), who finished in third-place for the second-straight year while bettering her time by over nine seconds.
Princeton freshman Megan Curham finished fourth overall with a time of 20:26.1, marking the best finish by a Tiger since Alex Banfich placed third in 2011. Big Red senior Emily Shearer, who took second a year ago, was the sixth runner to cross the line with a time of 20:31.7. Harvard junior Viviana Hanley and senior Morgan Kelly went 8-9 with times of 20:47.3 and 20:48.8, respectively, while Tiger junior Emily de La Bruyere rounded out the top-10 with a time of 20:55.3.
The top seven individual finishers earn All-Ivy first team honors and the eighth through 14th-place winners receive second team accolades.
|Final Team Standings||Points|
2013 Women's Cross Country All-Ivy
Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth, Sr.
Waverly Neer, Columbia, Jr.
Rachel Sorna, Cornell, Sr.
Megan Curham, Princeton, Fr.
Dana Giordano, Dartmouth, So.
Emily Shearer, Cornell, Sr.
Sarah Delozier, Dartmouth, Jr.
Viviana Hanley, Harvard, Jr.
Morgan Kelly, Harvard, Sr.
Emily de La Bruyere, Princeton, Jr.
Heidi Caldwell, Brown, Sr.
Alison Lanois, Dartmouth, Jr.
Elizabeth Markowitz, Dartmouth, So.
Elizabeth Simpson, Cornell, Sr.