Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino and Princeton senior Donn Cabral each claimed regional championships today in NCAA action.
D’Agostino, who won Heps in the snow two weeks ago, had a dominating performance, distancing the field at the Northeast Regional by nearly 14 seconds. She finished in 20:25.3, well ahead of Syracuse’s Lauren Penney.
Cabral’s performance was also convincing as he won the Mid-Atlantic Regional in 30:30.3, more than eight seconds before Villanova’s Ryan Sheridan. But his Tigers, ranked ninth nationally, did not claim one of the automatic team berths as Georgetown (47) and Villanova (63) each beat Princeton (90).
That Tiger team was one of three third-place finishers from the League, but all could still get into the NCAA Championships as a nationally-ranked at-large squad. The Columbia men were third, with 96 points, in the Northeast behind Syracuse (54) and Iona (72). The Lions could fare well at the national level as its fifth-place runner was 23rd, compared to Iona’s fifth taking 47th.
The Cornell women, the Heps’ team champ, also took third in a close team battle. The final results had Syracuse (116), Boston College (127), Cornell (137) and Columbia (151). The Lions actually outscored the Big Red after four runners, but again, CU’s Janel Parker made the difference.
Joining Cabral and D’Agostino as automatic advancers to nationals were Brown senior Dan Lowry (fourth in NE, 31:21.1), Dartmouth senior Heps’ champ Ethan Shaw (sixth in NE, 31:31.2), Columbia rookie Waverly Neer (fifth in NE, 20:44.6) and Princeton senior Alex Banfich (fourth in M-At, 21:37.7). Banfich’s Tigers were fifth as a team in the mighty Mid-Atlantic.