Well, it might not be that hard to guess that Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino is our woman runner of the 2012-13 athletic season.
What has not been said about her? That she is slow? Heck, not even competitors trying to pass her with less than 800m to go can rattle her. As a junior, she won three national titles (and inches away from winning a fourth one during the 2012 cross country season) to show that she is the Queen of Distance right now. Her winning 3,000m-5,000m combo at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships was the first time an American woman ever accomplished such a feat. Meanwhile, she reset conference records from distances spanning 1,000 meters up to the 5,000 meters – her outdoor 5,000m record of 15:11 was also a World Championships qualifying performance. She has also earned many national level scholar athlete awards due to her strengths on the track and in the classroom. Even with all of this attention, she is still a person who you could go out and share a pizza with after a meet (we have Alexi Pappas’ word on that) and play some soccer with on a free afternoon (with volunteer group Girls on the Run).
Columbia’s Marvellous Iheukwumere (Austin, Tex.) certified herself as the new “Queen of the Sprints” as she won every sprint title in both indoors and outdoor Heps (60, 100, both 200s, and 4×100), even with the return of her historically faster teammate Sharay Hale. The last time such a feat was performed was back in 2002 by Cornell’s Katy Jay (Cor ’03).
D’Agostino photo by Doug Austin