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Three athletes and four coaches earned regional awards from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week. Straight from the release:
Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, a senior from Topsfield, Mass., is the Northeast female runner of the year after becoming the first woman to claim victories at 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the same Heps Championship… or even in a career. She anchored her Big Green 4×1,500 squad at the Penn Relays with a meet-best 4:08 split. She will look to win her third straight title at 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. Here’s a nice look at D’Ags legend in Hanover. She is also an official semi-finalist for the Bowerman Award as the nation’s top track & field athlete for the 2013-14 school year. There are three other senior semifinalists — Oregon’s Phyllis Francis and Laura Roesler and Colorado’s Shalaya Kipp.
Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe, a sophomore from Hamilton, N.Z., became the No. 5 hammer thrower in collegiate history with an Ivy League-record mark of 70.28 meters (230-7) to win the Larry Ellis Invitational. Her undefeated season included wins at the Penn Relays as well as the Heps ECAC Championships. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.
Cornell’s Stephen Mozia, a junior from Hackensack, N.J., established himself as one of the nation’s best all-around throwers in 2014. He will compete at the NCAA Championships in both the shot put and the discus, and is one of just two men ranked among the top 10 collegians in both events for 2014. He set a Heps record in the discus (206-0) and nearly did the same in the shot put (66-10 1/2). Mozia’s head coach and throws coach also earned awards.
Nathan Taylor has led the Cornell team to the top of the final USTFCCCA Northeast Region index for the seventh consecutive year. In addition to winning the Heps championship over a very strong Princeton team, the Big Red qualified both relays and 16 individual men to the NCAA preliminaries in 14 events. Heps recordholders Mozia, Montez Blair and Max Hairston qualified for the NCAA finals in Eugene. Taylor is in his 15th year at the school. In her fourth year at Cornell as a throws assistant coach, Megan Johnson helped the Big Red to the Heps title with Mozia doing significant damage.
The Harvard women, guided by eighth-year coach Jason Saretsky, won the Heps title for the first time since 1990 and scored the ninth-most points in conference history. The Crimson also had 13 All-Ivy selections, including four athletes and a relay squad on the first team. The Crimson is sending a program-record four women to the NCAA finals from the school-record 16 sent to the NCAA prelims. Harvard women set nine school records in NCAA events during the 2014 season.
D’Agostino’s mentor — Dartmouth assistant Mark Coogan — has two athletes headed to the NCAA finals in the 5,000 meters (D’Ags and Dana Giordano) after having four entries in the NCAA prelims. The duo of D’Agostino and Giordano swept Heps titles from the 1500 to the 10k, while Sarah Delozier was second in the steeplechase. His group accounted for 57 of second-place Dartmouth’s 149 points at Outdoor Heps.