Two Ivy Leaguers finished among the top five in the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships as Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino was third (behind Villanova’s Sheila Reid and Oregon’s Jordan Hasay) while Princeton’s Alex Banfich was fifth (just behind Georgetown’s Emily Infeld).
This is the first time two Ivy runners finished in the top five in the women’s championships, but it has happened on the men’s side. In 1986 in Tucson, Ariz., Dartmouth’s Bob Kempainen was fourth followed by Harvard’s Paul Gompers in fifth.
In 2004 in Terre Haute, the women came awfully close as Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum was third and Yale’s Lindsay Donaldson sixth.
Congratulations to Georgetown — with many Ivy ties — for winning the women’s team title. Both Harvard graduate Claire Richardson and Katrina Coogan (daughter of Dartmouth coach Mark Coogan) were key members on the team, which is coached by former Columbia assistant Chris Miltenberg.
The League represented quite well on both sides.
Princeton’s Donn Cabral was 19th overall (29:44.4) while his former teammate Mark Amirault, now at Virginia, was 27th (29:56.8). Brown’s Dan Lowry was 28th (29:57.2) while Heps’ champ Ethan Shaw of Dartmouth was 54th (30:24.8). Columbia’s top runner, Kyle Merber, finished 98th overall.
Places and times for the Ivy women: D’Agostino third in 19:42.9 and Banfich fifth in 19:45.0. Columbia’s Waverly Neer was the first freshman to finish (40th in 20:30.4) and Richardson was the second Hoya across the line (50th in 20:37.2).
Cabral, Amirault, Lowry, D’Agostino, Banfich and Neer all earn All-America status with their performances.