Read the full story, published 6/7/13 by Dartmouth Athletics.
With less than a lap remaining, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ’14 was two steps behind the University of Oregon’s Jordan Hasay in the finals of the 5,000 meters on June 7 at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Just under 400 meters later, D’Agostino crossed the finish line in 15:43.68, nearly seven seconds ahead of Iowa State’s Betsy Saina (15:50.26) and Hasay (15:50.78), earning her fourth career individual national title.
In taking the 5,000-meter crown at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field, D’Agostino became the fifth woman in history to win back-to-back titles in the event and the seventh woman to claim both the indoor and outdoor titles in the 5,000 meters in the same year.
The Topsfield, Mass., native is the first collegiate women since 2010 to win three individual national titles in one year. During the indoor season, D’Agostino claimed victories in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Championship meet, a feat no other American woman has ever accomplished.
Now a four-time national champion, D’Agostino has twice as many individual titles as any other Ivy League track and field competitor in history. Jim Fuchs of Yale University, Bruce Collins of the University of Pennsylvania, and Meredith Rainey of Harvard University each won two national championships during their careers, all second to D’Agostino’s quartet of trophies.
D’Agostino will now turn her attention to training for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 20 to 23, seeking a spot on the American team that will compete at the world championship meet in Russia later this summer.
Join Abbey for a lap around the track at Memorial Field in the video below: