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WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) could be in contention for this award every time she laces up her shoes. But there really isn’t anyone else at her level right now. The Dartmouth Invitational brought in two national top-10 teams — Georgetown and Syracuse — yet D’Agostino still won the individual title by more than 30 seconds, covering the 6k course in 20:48.0. Running Times caught up with her after the weekend.
WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
This is a week No. 1 twofer as both Yale’s Emily Stark (Concord, Mass.) and Dartmouth’s Christie Rutledge (Manlius, N.Y.) had impressive debuts. Stark was the third finisher at the Fordham Fiasco at Van Cortlandt Park, finishing the muddy 5k about 18 seconds behind the winner. The Bulldogs won easily. Rutledge had an eighth-place finish in a race which featured top national talent at the Dartmouth Invitational.
MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton jumped from third in the Mid-Atlantic Region to first after dominating the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State over the weekend and the leader of the pack was Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (Culver, Ind.), who won the 5.2-mile race in 26:00. Among the runners he defeated were those representing No. 14 Georgetown. Apparently the Tigers remain happy in the transition from Coach Steve Dolan (now at Penn) to Jason Vigilante.
MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn rookie Thomas Awad (East Norwich, N.Y.) was the first Quaker across the line in Coach Steve Dolan’s Red & Blue debut. Penn squared off with Atlantic 10 Conference favorite La Salle in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Park on Saturday and after four Explorer runners, in came Awad in 19:30 for 6k, 16 seconds behind the leader.