D’Ags Takes Fourth NCAA Title

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Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino took the roar out of the Hayward Field crowd on Friday night as she blazed past hometown hero Jordan Hasay on the final lap of the 5,000-meter run to win with a 66-second final lap.

For D’Agostino — who finished in 15:43.68, seven seconds ahead of Iowa State’s Betsy Saina (who passed Hasay at the line) — it was her fourth NCAA Championship and her third of 2013.

While Hayward is certainly the home for Hasay, D’Agostino said that “it sorta feels like home” after she’d spent 10 days in Eugene last summer for the U.S. Nationals. And giving her connection to Alexi Pappas, the All-American who graduated from Dartmouth and joined the Oregon Ducks this year, there was a familiarity. Columbia’s Waverly Neer finished 16th.

“It’s been an exciting season,” she said. “I’ve learned about myself as a runner and I found I can be a little more versatile than I thought… I’ve been working on speed and my strength is up.”

Asked if she heard the crowd cheering on Hasay — who’d passed her around the bell, setting up a storybook ending — D’Agostino replied, “If you’re hearing people on that last lap, you aren’t going fast enough.”

D’Agostino was one of three Ivy Leaguers to earn All-America status on Friday to bring the total to six heading into the final day of competition. Cornell sophomore Stephen Mozia claimed his second such award, this time by hurling the discus 60.32 meters (197-11) for sixth place. Penn junior Maalik Reynolds was also sixth, clearing 2.20 meters (7-2 1/2) in one of the toughest high jump competitions in NCAA history. Cornell’s Montez Blair was 13th with a clearance of 2.15 meters (7-0 1/2).

The final Heps’ competitor on the day was Princeton junior Imani Oliver, who took 18th in the triple jump with a leap of 12.77 meters (41-10 3/4).

Things get underway a bit earlier on Saturday as Cornell’s Rachel Sorna looks like the headliner. Her run for glory in the steeplechase will begin at 5:57 pm Eastern. Below is today’s schedule.

Day 4 • Saturday, June 8

All times Eastern

3:30 pm — Men’s javelin throw final
Rob Robbins (Cornell)
3:30 pm — Men’s triple jump final
3:45 pm — Women’s high jump final
Mary Hirst (Harvard)
4 pm — Women’s shot put final
5:05 pm — Women’s 4x100m relay final
5:12 pm — Men’s 4x100m relay final
5:19 pm — Women’s 1,500m run final
5:31 pm — Men’s 1,500m run final
5:43 pm — Women’s 200m dash final
5:50 pm — Men’s 200m dash final
5:57 pm — Women’s steeplechase final
Rachel Sorna (Cornell)
6:09 pm — Women’s 100m hurdles final
6:16 pm — Men’s 110m hurdles final
6:23 pm — Men’s 5,000m run final
Mark Amirault (Virginia via Princeton)
Thomas Awad (Penn)
Daniel Everett (Columbia)
Mark Feigen (Columbia)
6:43 pm — Women’s 4x400m relay final
6:50 pm — Men’s 4x400m relay final

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