Sunday, March 16, 2014

In The Presence Of History

As expected, the snow sliding off the roof has just about
sealed off our sun room. And no, that's not Moose Mountain.
If it isn't always easy to recognize history while it is being made, I think this is one time when we can all agree about what we are seeing. At the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque last night, Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won the 3,000 to become the first collegiate woman ever to repeat as the 5,000 and 3,000 national champion. With her senior spring season still to go, D'Agostino now has won seven NCAA championships, more than any athlete in Ivy League history. No other Ancient Eight athlete in any sport has won more than four national titles.

Dartmouth's Megan Krumpoch, who helped the distance medley relay to eighth on Friday night,  finished sixth in the 800 as Dartmouth tied Stanford for sixth in the final women's team standings:

1. Oregon
2. Texas
3. Georgia
3. Florida
5. Texas A&M
6. Arkansas
7. Dartmouth
7. Stanford
9. Kentucky
10. Mississippi State
10. South Dakota

On the men's side, senior Will Geoghegan placed fifth in the mile, joining D'Agostino and Krumpoch as an All-American.
The Dartmouth men's ice hockey season came to a close last night with a 4-2 loss to Union in the ECAC quarterfinals. Union swept the two-game series.
We all know these things are seriously flawed so we ignore them a good amount of the time only to shine the line on them when they are to our advantage, right? That being the case . . .

Lookee here what is called the best college town in America:

Not to throw stones or anything, but anyone who publishes a list like this that doesn't include Ithaca or State College, Pa., might want to check those two towns out. And when Waltham, Mass., is ranked ahead of Cambridge – and way, way ahead of Chapel Hill – there's something rotten in Denmark.