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Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino returned from a month off with a victory at the Northeast Regional at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn. She was forced to sit out both the Heps Championships and the adidas Wisconsin Invitational with a hip flexor and it looks like the rest has paid off. She finished the 6k course in 19:51.1, four seconds clear of runner-up Sarah Collins of Providence.
But when it came to team performance, no women’s squad from the League earned an automatic berth, but the Columbia Lions did on the men’s side. The Light Blue finished behind Iona, but a single point ahead of Syracuse for the auto spot in the Northeast. In the Mid-Atlantic Regional, the Princeton Tigers’ men’s team lost out on a guaranteed slot by finishing an agonizingly close third, five points behind Georgetown and four behind Villanova. All NCAA Championship hopefuls other than the Lions will need to await the NCAA’s official announcement.
Similarly, Cornell’s women were third in the Northeast as Providence won with 46 points followed by UConn (67), Cornell (118), Harvard and Boston College (150 each), Syracuse (167), Yale (215), Brown (223), Columbia (226) and Dartmouth (234). The men’s final top 10 from the Northeast looked like this — Iona won with 45 points followed by Columbia (72), Syracuse (73), Dartmouth (144), Providence (154), Harvard (163), Cornell (211), Yale (248), Boston U. (372) and UMass (376).
Individually, Brown’s Margaret Connelly was the second Ivy Leaguer to finish (seventh, 20:11.6) while the Big Red had Katie Kellner (ninth), Rachel Sorna (11th) and Emily Shearer (15th) in the top 15.
Princeton reported that Greta Feldman had earned a spot at nationals at the Mid-Atlantic Regional on the golf course on the campus of Penn State University, finishing eighth overall in 20:37. The official team scores were: 1. Penn State, 61; 2. Georgetown, 63; 3. Villanova, 96; 4. Princeton, 101 and 5. West Virginia, 111.
Harvard has the first two Heps’ men’s finishers in the Northeast with Maksim Korolev second (30:16.2) and James Leakos fifth overall (30:27.2). Columbia’s Jake Sienko was seventh, Mark Feigen 11th and Mike Murphy 12th for the Lions.
The Princeton men had three in the top six at Penn State with Heps’ champ Chris Bendtsen in third (30:35), Alejandro Arroyo Yamin fifth (30:36) and Tyler Udland sixth (30:39).
Other former Heps’ runners of note include:
• Brown graduate Dan Lowry, who finished third in the Great Lakes to led his Michigan Wolverines to nationals;
• Princeton graduate Mark Amirault, who was 17th in the Southeast for the winning Virginia Cavaliers;
• Columbia graduate Kyle Merber, who was ninth for victorious Texas in the South Central Region;
• Dartmouth graduate Alexi Pappas, who was 10th in the West for the winning Oregon Ducks.