Abbey D’Agostino by Erin Iwaskiewicz
UPDATE: Dartmouth’s official athletics website now reports that D’Agostino will not run on Saturday.
Perhaps the biggest question of the day will be answered before the gun fires for the first race of the day. Will NCAA threat Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) toe the line at Heps?
She did not run at the adidas Wisconsin Invite to save strain and injury in a run for a national title. Rumors are afloat about her status, but that won’t be known until Saturday in Princeton. In hoops’ parlance, it is a game-time decision. Dartmouth is not in serious team contention, while a healthy D’Ag could win a national crown. Tough, tough decision for her and Coach Mark Coogan.
Of course, don’t feel too bad for Coogan as he has two of the League’s top freshmen in Dana Giordano (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Christie Rutledge (Manlius, N.Y.). But Rutledge is fighting through injury as well. Both finished among the top 25 in the elite race at the Paul Short Invitational. Rutledge ran for the famed Fayetteville-Manlius program which has won six straight national titles.
Others who would need to step up for the Big Green if D’Ag can’t go will be juniors Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Katelyn Walker (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and sophomore Sarah Delozier (Nashville, Tenn.). — Brett Hoover