Abbey D’Agostino (born May 25, 1992) is an American middle- and long-distance runner.
Abbey D’Agostino is the most decorated Ivy League athlete in track and field and cross country running. She is the first Dartmouth female distance runner to win an NCAA title. She won a total of seven NCAA titles (1 – cross country; 4 – indoor track; 2 – outdoor track) in her career. In 2014 she became a professional runner for New Balance.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she received considerable international media attention following an incident during a 5000m heat in which both she and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin fell. The two women helped each other finish the race and were allowed to compete in the final; however, D’Agostino had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and wasn’t able to participate further. Both athletes were praised for their sportsmanship and “olympic spirit”, and were subsequently awarded the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award by the International Fair Play Committee.
D’Agostino attended Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014. Her mother Donna competed for the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs. She has two younger sisters, Lily and Julia.
She is a devout Christian.
In 2013 D’Agostino became the first Ivy League athlete, male or female, to win an NCAA Cross Country National Championship. After winning her 2013 NCAA Cross Country title and 5th NCAA title in her career, she praised coach Mark Coogan for the preparation for championship running and close finishes; She won the NCAA cross country title by outdistancing Emma Batesby a few seconds. She is the first Ivy League athlete to win 7 individual NCAA Championships. She is also the only woman ever to have won both the 3000 meters and 5000 meters NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships twice in a career which she did in 2013 as a junior and again in 2014 as a senior.
D’Agostino earned her final Ivy league titles May 2014. She graduated with a degree in psychology in 2014.
D’Agostino’s 5th place at 2012 Olympic Trials 5000 meters and nearly clinching a spot on the Olympic team is one of the closest finishes in Olympic Trials distance races (less than 0.19 seconds between 3–4–5). In 2012, at 20 years of age her platform as a star in the NCAA created a national following.
After graduating from Dartmouth in 2014, D’Agostino earned a sponsorship with New Balance based in Boston, Massachusetts. She continues to be coached by her college coach Mark Coogan under whom she was a 7-time NCAA champion.
D’Agostino is ranked 19th in the world in the 5000 meters and 65th in the 10,000 meters.
D’Agostino debuted as a New Balance athlete in October 2014 in the 24th Mayor’s Cup presented by the Boston Athletic Association placing fourth behind winner Rachel Hannah of Canada and the Boston Athletic Association’s Juliet Bottorff and Jen Rhines.
D’Agostino ran the 5000m in 15:42.79 at Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, CA (USA) on May 2, 2015. She won the 5000 meters at the Hoka One One Adrian Martinez Classic in 15:23.66 on June 4.
D’Agostino earned a US Roster spot to the IAAF 2015 World Championships in Athletics by qualifying in the 5000 meters in 15:06.59 at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On July 18, she finished 3rd in 15:03.85 in Heusden, Belgium. On August 27, she finished 23rd in 16:16.47 at 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women’s 5000 metres.
On January 2, D’Agostino ran a personal best in a mixed gender 3000 meters at Boston University in 8:51.88. On March 12, she placed second in women 3000 meters in 8:57.31 at 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships to represent the United States at 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Women’s 3000 metres. She finished in a time of 8:58.40 in 3000 meters at 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to place fifth.
On June 17, D’Agostino placed third in 5000 meters at 2016 Adidas BOOST Boston Games in 15:22.29. On July 10, she placed fifth in 15:14.04 at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) and was selected to represent USA along with Team USA teammates Shelby Houlihan and Kim Conley at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women’s 5000 metres when Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld passed to focus on their 10 km race in Rio de Janeiro.
On August 16, with about 2000 meters to go in a qualifying heat for the women’s 5000 meter race at the 2016 Summer Olympics, D’Agostino tripped over Nikki Hamblin who had fallen in front of her. Instead of immediately continuing the race, she first helped Hamblin up, encouraging her not to quit. D’Agostino herself, however, had torn her ACLand meniscus. Despite her obvious pain, she nevertheless finished the race. D’Agostino, Hamblin and Jennifer Wenth were advanced to the final because of the incident, but D’Agostino wasn’t able to compete because of her injuries.
On August 20, for their actions at the Rio Olympics, D’Agostino and Hamblin received Fair Play awards from the The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR
|1500 Metres||4:08.04||Waltham, MA||13 JUN 2015|
|3000 Metres||8:58.39||Cork||07 JUL 2015|
|5000 Metres||15:03.85||Heusden-Zolder||18 JUL 2015|
|10,000 Metres||33:10.38||New Haven, CT||09 MAY 2014|
PERSONAL BEST – INDOOR
|1500 Metres||4:09.77||Boston (BU), MA||24 JAN 2014|
|One Mile||4:28.31||Boston (BU), MA||24 JAN 2014|
|3000 Metres||8:51.91||New York (Armory), NY||15 FEB 2014|
|5000 Metres||15:24.44||New York (Armory), NY||20 FEB 2016|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||12th – Heat 2|
|World Indoor Championships||Portland, Oregon||5th|
USA National Championships
|2012||US Olympic Trials||Eugene, Oregon||5th|
|USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||Eugene, Oregon||3rd||5000m|
|2016||USA Indoor Track and Field Championships||Portland, Oregon||2nd|
|US Olympic Trials||Eugene, Oregon||5th|