It can be hard to recognize just how great Abbey D’Agostino is, but this might just do the trick.
Tonight at the Mount SAC Relays she ran away from a great 5k field to win in 15:11.35, 10 seconds ahead of Lucy Van Dalen of New Zealand. Further back were Ireland’s Mary Cullen, Neely Spence of Brooks Hansons, Canada’s Kate Van Buskirk, Nike’s Jackie Areson and a host of others.
D’Ag’s time was No. 3 all-time in-season, behind Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) of Colorado back in 2009 and Kim Smith of Providence in 2004. It was also fast enough to nail down the ‘A’ standard for the World Championships in Moscow this summer (though she’d still to qualify out of U.S. Nationals).
Here’s how amazing her performance was. After the result posted on Twitter, one of the League’s best runners, Yale’s Nihal Kayali, posted, “Idea: Abbey must balance milk bottle on her head during all Heps races.”
Now that, is a sign of respect.
There was also another performance so amazing tonight, it deserved late night attention instead of waiting for the morning. Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe broke her own Ivy League hammer record yet again, this time with a toss of 68.80 meters (225-9). That is getting remarkably close to an all-time collegiate top 10 on the performer’s list. The current No. 10 is 69.02 meters (226-5), just eight inches away.
Oh, and don’t even get me started about Columbia’s Waverly Neer. She returned from injury tonight to post a 16:01.36 5k at Mount SAC. That is a PR and an all-time top 10 in Heps.
You are not going to want to miss Outdoor Heps in Princeton on May 4th and 5th.