Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino has become the first Heps’ athlete to win a national indoor title in 11 years by beating the field in the 5,000-meter run in 15:28.11. “This is great. It is such a great feeling,” said D’Agostino. “This is my favorite event.”
Content to run with the pack for the first half of the race, she adverted disaster when her foot made contact with the rail when he looked back early.
She got her stride back quickly and pushed the pace in the final 2,000 meters, leaving everyone but Iowa State’s Betsy Saina behind. After the bell, she pushed even harder, increasing the gap over Saina, who’d finish more than five seconds back.
Former teammate Alexi Pappas, now in the running for a team title for the Oregon Ducks, was sixth in a personal-best 15:47.13. It was Pappas’ final collegiate race.
D’Agostino is the first Ivy Leaguer to win an indoor national title since 2002 (Tora Harris, Princeton, HJ) and the first Heps’ woman to do so since 2001 (Kart Sillaats, Harvard, HJ).