Fresh off of winning an NCAA championship in the 5000 meters, Topsfield’s Abbey D’Agostino is leaving Thursday to compete in the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Dartmouth College athlete, who just completed her junior year, needs to place in the top three of the 5000 to earn a spot on the American team going to the World Championships in Russia later this summer.
“I’m thrilled to be going,” said D’Agostino. “It will be a pretty similar event to the Olympic trials last summer, with many of the same people.
“Actually, I don’t feel as much pressure this time because I’m more prepared and more seasoned as a 5K athlete. I’m excited that my parents will be there to watch.”
D’Agostino returned home from the NCAA championships in Oregon and went up to Dartmouth to see many of her friends graduate. The title claimed in the Pacific Northwest was her fourth national title; she also became the fifth woman to ever win back-to-back titles in the same event.
She had an incredible year for the Big Green in all three seasons of track.
“It was wonderful because I had a lot of traveling opportunities, and it was great to be able to learn about myself as an athlete,” she said. “Each race contributed to the next, and I’m gaining confidence.
“There are different types of races even within the same event. Running different races and using various strategies come with experience, and I believe I’ve learned a lot.”
All-American is the latest honor to come Merrimack College softball star Tawny Palmieri’s way. The recent graduate from Peabody was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Third Team All-American after having a spectacular season for the Warriors.