The Salem News
---- — Against a field full of Olympic athletes, Topsfield’s Abbey D’Agostino held her own in the women’s 5,000 meter final at the US Track and Field Outdoor Championships yesterday.
D’Agostino finished sixth in 15:39.17 as the top six runners all finished within six seconds of one another. Ultimately, the Dartmouth College senior-to-be fell short of her ultimate goal, which was a top-3 finish and a spot on Team USA for the World Championships being held in Moscow, Russia in August.
Jennifer Simpson won the 5,000 yesterday with a time of 15:33.77, followed by Molly Huddle (15:35.45) and Shannon Rowbury (15:37.27). The next top finishers were Kim Conley (15:37.80) and Chelsea Reilly (15:38.50), followed by the 21-year-old D’Agostino.
Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, who had won the women’s 10,000 meter championship two nights earlier, had planned to enter the 5K as well but did not start the race.
The result likely ends a banner junior year at Dartmouth for D’Agostino, who has won four NCAA titles including the 2012 and 2013 outdoor 5K’s and the 3,000 and 5,000 indoors this past winter. She also finished fifth at the United States Olympic Trials last summer.