By Jean DePlacido
---- — For the second straight year Abbey D'Agostino is a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All American.
The Dartmouth College junior from Topsfield and former Masconomet standout finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky, less than a second behind race winner Betsy Saina of Iowa State on the 6K course.
D'Agostino, who was third a year ago, had a time of 19:28.6.
D'Agostino is just back from an injury that had kept her out of action since late September. She returned to win the Northeast Regional Championship a week ago, besting over 250 competitors at the 6K event that was held at Hammonasset State Park in Connecticut, where she recorded a time of 19:51 to successfully defend her title.
D'Agostino was named US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Northeast Regional Women's Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
Her finish at the NCAA's equaled the all-time record for best finish by an Ivy League woman. No Ivy man or woman has ever won the event, and this was the best finish ever by any Big Green runner. Last spring D'Agostino won the 5,000 meter NCAA championship. She qualified for the Olympic Trials and finished a close fifth (top three made the US team).
She was only able to run three races prior to the NCAA's and won them all. In September she cruised to victory at the Dartmouth Invitational and the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational before having to sit out with an injury. This is only her second season competing in cross country at Dartmouth.