Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino has done it yet again, winning the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. With that victory, she becomes the first Ivy Leaguer to ever pull off a double victory at the Championships.
She ran away from the field on the bell lap to win in 9:01.08 and take her third career title, also an Ivy record. D’Agostino becomes the third woman to pull off the 3k/5k NCAA double, joining Kim Smith and Sally Kipyego. This is the first time that the League has had three NCAA champions (joining Princeton’s men’s DMR) in the same meet since 1949 Outdoors — Cornell’s Charlie Moore (1949), Brown’s Dick Phillips (high jump) and Yalies Jim Fuchs (shot put) and Victor Frank (discus).
D’Ag won both races even though that rare double attempt was a last-minute decision between she and Coach Mark Coogan. When she won, her thoughts weren’t far from Hanover as she admitted to Flotrack that she “was thinking about my team at home.”
It would be hard to argue against the case that Abbey D’Ag is the greatest track athlete in Ivy history. If you want to argue, hit the comments.
Now, when we talk about the most versatile athlete in Ivy history, Harvard freshman Martina Salander made a claim on Saturday, taking fifth in the NCAA pentathlon. The lone freshman in the field, she racked up an Ivy record 4,209 points by high jumping 1.63 meters (5-4 1/4), running the 60m hurdles in 8.61, long jumping 5.85 meters (19-2 1/2), shot putting 14.23 meters (46-8 1/4) and running 800m in 2:19.36.