Athletes of the Championships
Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) showed her All-America form, winning her first Heps’ cross country championship in a snow-covered affair. D’Agostino, third nationally in the NCAA Outdoor 5k last spring, could be a serious threat at NCAA Cross Nationals.
Cornell senior Janel Parker (Freehold, N.J.) played an enormous role in the Big Red’s first team victory since 1998. Parker, typically a miler, was in 25th place midway through the race, but passed eight competitors in the final mile or so to give Cornell a two-point win over Columbia. The last woman she passed was the Lions’ fifth runner, assuring Cornell an outright title.
Rookie of the Championships
Columbia freshman Waverly Neer (Russiaville, Ind.) had a remarkable showing in her first Heps’ Championship. She was second overall, sandwiched between a pair of All-Americans, ahead of Princeton’s Alex Banfich and just seconds behind Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino.
Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth (Soph., Topsfield, Mass.)
Waverly Neer, Columbia (Fr., Russiaville, Ind.)
Alex Banfich, Princeton (Sr., Plymouth, Ind.)
Katie Kellner, Cornell (Jr., West Windsor, N.J.)
Genna Hartung, Cornell (Jr., Morrisonville, N.Y.)
Caroline McDonough, Columbia (Jr., Darien, Conn.)
Liana Epstein, Yale (Soph., Springfield, N.J.)
Elizabeth Marvin, Yale (Jr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.)
Clare Buck, Columbia (Jr., Pennington, N.J.)
Margaret Connelly, Brown (Soph., Chicago, Ill.)
Emily Shearer, Cornell (Soph., Lafayette, Calif.)
Devin McMahon, Cornell (Soph., Redmond, Wash.)
Jeanne Mack, Harvard (Sr., Bristol, R.I.)
Heidi Caldwell, Brown (Soph., Hanover, N.H.)