In its fifth year of awarding Regional athletes of the year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has for the first time named an Ivy Leaguer to the honor. Actually, the organization named two Ivy Leaguers.
In the Northeast Region the coaches voted for Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino, who took the region in 20:25, 14 seconds ahead of Syracuse’s Lauren Penney. She also won the Ivy League title, becoming the first from Dartmouth to win the league crown since 1997.
Meanwhile, in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the coaches’ choice was Princeton senior Donn Cabral, who claimed the region crown in 30:30, securing an eight-second victory over Villanova’s Ryan Sheridan. Cabral was in 33rd place and 25 seconds behind the leader at the 5k split in the race. Also, Cabral led Princeton to the Ivy League team title through a barrage of wind, sleet, and snow.
Both will compete at the NCAA Championships in Indiana on Monday.