Among the World’s Best

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The 2015-16 indoor track & field season officially came to a close today with the conclusion of the IAAF Indoor World Championships in Portland, Ore.

Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth ’14) showed the world that she can contend among the world’s best as she finished 5th in a competitive 3,000m final on Sunday afternoon.  The field went out slow (3:15 for the first 1,200m or 9:38 pace for the entire race) and D’Ags settled in 10th place with 1,200m to go.  She didn’t let the race dictate her as she maintained her pace when the mid-race surge occurred.  She had faith that her closing speed will help her catch up with some of the women ahead of her.  In the last few laps, D’Ags began to close and ultimately secured 5th place with a time of 8:58.40.

Stephen Mozia (Cornell ’15) only got the chance to get one legal throw in during the shot put preliminary round on Friday afternoon.  His one mark – 19.84 meters (65-01 1/4) – put him in 12th place at the end of the preliminary round but only the top 8 made it to the finals.

Bruno Hortelano (Cornell ’14) set a new personal best in the 60 meter preliminary round on Friday afternoon, running 6.63 seconds (0.01 seconds better than his IAAF World Qualifying time).  He finished third in his heat, which automatically qualified him for the semi-finals that were held later in the day.  He matched the time in the semi-finals (6.63 seconds), finishing 5th in his heat and 15th overall (shown above).

Bruno shared the following message on his facebook page on Saturday:

To all my friends and everyone who followed [Friday]: it’s truly amazing to me feeling so much love and energy coming from all around the world. I’m just a guy working to make his dream come true. And this type of support made it possible for me to run two personal bests back-to-back in a tough field, for which I’m proud of. Now the grind starts, and it finishes in Rio, so stay tuned! Much love.

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