Last year Dartmouth had a pair of All-Americans on the women’s squad. Now they’ve split. Abbey D’Agostino, who laid waste the field at the Paul Short Invitational on Sunday, is just a junior for the Big Green.
But Alexi Pappas is now an Oregon Duck and today at the Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore., she fired off a message that she could well be in the hunt to make big NCAA news this fall. Pappas not only won the individual title, her time of 16:23 was less than a second off the meet record set by Villanovan Sheila Reid, herself an NCAA champion.
It is also noteworthy that Pappas finished 40 seconds ahead of teammate Jordan Hasay, who has been an enormous force on the scene for years. Neither reports of the meet nor Hasay’s Twitter account indicate that anything unusual happened.
Pappas was clearly pleased. “I had a great time today,” she said. “I think the team should be really proud. It’s good to be a Duck … I’m really honored to be at Oregon. I’ve really been looking forward to today’s race because being in a place where there is so much support for the sport is really incredible.”
Other former Hepsters running this weekend were Texas’ Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton), who was 49th at the Greater Louisville Classic and Indiana’s Adam Behnke (Columbia), who was 13th at the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic in Lawrence, Kan.
Behnke’s former teammate and Van Ackeren’s current teammate, Kyle Merber, did not run.