Saturday, March 15, 2014

Behind The Scenes

Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won her SIXTH national championship at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque last night, using a strong finish to break from the pack and capture the 5,000. She goes for No. 7 tonight at 9:55 p.m. Eastern in the 3,000. She has already become one of the most decorated runners in NCAA history. Check out this interview with her following a race that saw a runner from Michigan jump out to an absolutely huge lead only to be reeled in by D'Agostino and the pack.

Last year D'Agostino became just the third woman ever to double in the 3,000 and 5,000. Tonight she can become the only woman ever to do it twice.

D'Agostino's National Titles
Guess who was on the "splash" page for Flotrack's
coverage with coach Mark Coogan interviewed.
2012 – Outdoor 5,000
2013 – Indoor 5,000
2013 – Indoor 3,000
2013 – Outdoor 5,000
2013 – Cross XC
2014 – Indoor 5,000

The women's distance medley team, which ran without D'Agostino (who helped it qualify for NCAA's) earned All-America status with an eighth-place finish and Megan Krumpoch, who ran on the DMR, earlier advanced to the finals of the 800.

On the men's side, senior Will Geoghegan advanced to the finals in the mile while teammate Steve Mangan missed moving on by a fraction of a second. During the mile the ESPN announcers lauded the depth of the Big Green distance corps, essentially saying it compared to two of the best of all time, including on group from Oregon.