“I was in the second lane most of the race, so I had to do a lot of extra work,” she said. “It was a tight pack and I didn’t want to be behind at 400 meters because there were a lot of strong milers in the field.
“It’s still sinking in what I accomplished. I always try to take it one race at a time; I didn’t want to think about having the opportunity to double again. I concentrated on the 5K, and when that was over started to think about the next one to use the opportunity to do what I love.”
Because of the high elevation in Albuquerque, the pace was a bit slower but it didn’t bother D’Agostino.
“It was interesting to run at that altitude,” she said. “It can be a mental barrier if you allow it to be.
“Coming off the win in the 5K I was confident I could do it in the 3K. It’s demanding to do both races back-to-back and hard to double, but funny how many people do both. There was definitely a lot of talent in the field.”
Now home for spring break, D’Agostino is looking forward to relaxing while gearing herself up for Dartmouth’s spring season.
“I can’t believe it will be my last (season) at Dartmouth,” she said. “I’m not going to race a lot because of my summer schedule. I’ll stick with the 5K with a few 1500s and hopefully a relay.”
Two other local track and field stars also earned All-American honors over the weekend.
Boston University senior Monica Adler of Manchester, who starred at Beverly High, also achieved All-American status by finishing eighth in the mile event in 4:40.87. The Patriot League champ qualified for her first national appearance at BU’s Last Chance Meet earlier this month when she ran 4:36.35 and came very close to setting a new school record.
In the Division 3 nationals at Lincoln, Neb., Bates College junior Sean Enos was a two time All-American in the 35-pound weight throw (where he placed 8th) as well as in the shot put, where he finished second behind Colt Feltes of Wartburg (57-8 ¼). Enos, a former St. John’s Prep standout, is now a three time All-American, earning his first last spring in the discus (placing 4th).