The Nation’s Top Runner

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Congratulations to Abbey D’Agostino, the Dartmouth junior, who was the USTFCCCA’s clear choice as the nation’s Track Athlete of the Year. After all, what didn’t she do this winter? Here’s what LetsRun.com posted:

“The NCAA has a new queen and American distance running may have its leading face for the next decade as D’Agostino became the first American 5,000 and 3,000 NCAA indoor champion ever, let alone at the same NCAA meet.”

The Topsfield, Mass., native just completed the best season in Ivy League history. She is the top runner in the nation right now, ahead of, among others, Bowerman Award winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU and U.S. Olympians Emma Coburn of Colorado and Georgeanne Moline of Arizona.

From USTFCCCA:

“Last Friday, D’Agostino took the crown at 5000 meters in 15:28.11 to claim the race by more than five seconds over runner-up Betsy Saina of Iowa State, who entered the meet as the top seed in the event. D’Agostino’s time at 5000 meters ranks her the No. 4 performer on the all-time indoor collegiate top 10 list with the fifth-fastest time.

She followed up her performance Friday with a title at 3000 meters – an event in which she entered as the No. 1 seed – in 9:01.08. She ran away from the field in the late stages of the race to claim victory over 2011 champ Jordan Hasay of Oregon by more than five seconds.

D’Agostino’s 8:55.41 at 3000 meters was the top collegiate time of the season; her 4:30.03 mile at the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile was the second-best and seventh-best all-time; and her NCAA 5000 performance was the third-fastest at the distance this season.

She won Ivy League indoor titles in the mile and at 5000 meters.”

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