If as a freshman you crush an Olympian’s Ivy League record by more than 10 seconds and beat the likes of Oregon’s national champion Jordan Hasay, you are going to get a lot of attention.
And Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, who ran an astounding 15:40.19 to take third in the NCAA 5,000-meter run, has been the focus of a lot of attention. Most recently covered by John Connolly of the Boston Herald, D’Agostino gets praise from Big Green distance coach Mark Coogan, himself a former Olympic marathoner. Says Coogan:
I’ve been around a lot of good women runners over the years and she seems to have all the necessary tools. She has a great attitude. She’s mentally tough.
D’Agostino will be seeking a balance between mental toughness and patience as she approaches her sophomore year, saying that her late-season exploits have been a game-changer:
Absolutely, it raises the bar, as far as my goals for the summer and the fall. I was talking recently with my coach about it. How it’s important to come out of the race and be patient with my training and racing. It’s easy to get burnt out. Patience is definitely the key. But definitely, it’s elevated my goal for cross country.
Can’t wait to see what that goal is.