Two local athletes had outstanding performances at the NCAA national championships this past weekend.
Dartmouth college junior Abbey D’Agostino made history by winning both the 3000 and 5000 meter events at the Division 1 championship meet, hosted by the University of Arkansas. The Topsfield native and former Masconomet star became the first American woman to ever win two distance events at an NCAA championship and only the third ever in the world.
D’Agostino, an eight-time All-American, won her third national title and earned 20 points to help the Big Green finish 11th. She will now set her sights on repeating as national champ in the 5000 outdoors. Her fastest time of 15:19.98 came in the Olympic Trials where she was fifth last summer.
The Dartmouth women have won three individual national titles, and all belong to D’Agostino, who just keeps getting better and better.
Former St. John’s Prep star Sean Enos of Lynnfield also had a strong showing for Bates in the Division 3 NCAAs in Naperville, Ill. The sophomore thrower almost didn’t qualify for the event, but a strong showing in the last meet of the season at Tufts enabled him to represent the Bobcats in both the shot put and weight throw.
“I went home to visit my parents before the Tufts meet and looked online at the list of qualifiers,” said Enos, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year last season. “I found out I had been knocked out of 13th spot in both events, so I needed a big weekend. My main goal was to make it in the shot, and I knew it was going to take a strong performance.”
Enos came up with two huge throws to qualify in both events. In the shot he recorded a personal best of 56 feet 4 inches to move up to ninth, and tied for the 12th seed in the weight throw with a 59-7 ¾ toss.