The Coronation: Abbey D’Agostino Makes History and Completes the 5000/3000 Double

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Jordan Hasay Calls Her Second Place Showing “Probably The Best Race I’ve Ever Run”

by LetsRun.com
March 9, 2013

Fayettteville, AR – Collegiate distance running has a new queen and American distance running has a potential star for the next decade.

A day after winning the individual 5000 crown, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino took the lead on the seventh to last lap and cruised to a big victory over the final 600 to capture the women’s 3000 title tonight in 9:01.08. D’Agostino became the first American in history to win the 5000 and 3000 indoors in the same career, let alone at the same NCAA indoor championship (the 5000 began in 1989).

Finishing second in 9:06.61 and providing Oregon with the 8 team points that ultimately gave them their fourth straight team victor was Jordan Hasay. When Hasay finished Oregon had 45 points (they’d end up winning with 56) and Kansas ended up second with 44.

There was no doubt as to who was the best here tonight as D’Agostino put up a repeat dominant performance that came in eerily similar fashion to the way she earned it last night – by tightening the screws on each lap on the way home.

Last night, each of her final 8 laps was faster than the previous ones as she won by 5.55 seconds. Tonight, each of her final seven laps was faster than the previous as she went 35.85, 35.58, 35.12, 34.70, 34.34, 33.38, 32.30 on the way to her second victory on the weekend as she won by 5.43 seconds.

With 1k to go (6:11.26), the race was down to four contenders – the top four finishers from last nights 3000 – D’Agostino, Hasay and Iowa State’s Betsy Saina and Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton. With 750 to go, Saina, who was in second, started to falter as a gap opened up between her and D’Agostino. Hasay was the only one to respond and she’d stay with D’Agostino until D’Agostino pulled away over the final 600.

Hasay a former NCAA indoor 3000m champion, was super upbeat after today’s loss.

“I’m certainly not where Abbey is right now but I hope to progress there. It’s really all about believing – believing that i can compete  with these ladies,” said Hasay. “I said (earlier to another reporter) that was probably the best race I’ve ever run simply because it would have been very easy for me to fade and just get eighth when I knew I wasn’t going to win especially that far out, and I think I still ran really composed. So that’s a very good step in the process for me and it shows us a lot so I’m very excited about it.”

As for D’Agostino, she was obviously thrilled to have completed the double.

“It feels great. It’s awesome,” said D’Agostino when asked what it feld like to have completed the double. “Just to do this double was such an opportunity. I wanted to do everything I could to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Get Used to This Look

Below you can watch video of the interviews we conducted with Hasay and D’Agostino as well as Katrina Coogan of Georgetown. Katrina is daughter of D’Agostino’s coach, 1992 Olympic marathoner Mark Coogan, and she was seventh tonight in her first NCAA appearance. We asked her if it came down to a kick between her and D’Agostino who would her dad be rooting for. She had a humorous reply along the lines of “I hope me.” We also have an interview with Katrina’s dad, Mark (we imagine she’s tired of being called his daughter so we through that label in there).

All four interviews are worth a watch. The D’Agostino interview also included a humorous part after when we asked her if she knew she was the first American to complete the 5000/3000 double at a meet (in reality in a career). She said she did not and then asked what about Kim Smith. We had to tell her that Kim Smith (who did the double in 2004) is from New Zealand (Sally Kipyego of Kenya also completed the double in 2007).

Results appear below. Lap by lap splits can be found here.

Event 22  Women 3000 M
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 Final only.  Two waterfall start, two turn stagger.  (11,5)                 
    American: A 8:33.25  1/27/2007   Shalane Flanagan                        
  Collegiate: C 8:42.03  3/14/2009   Jenny Barringer, Colorado               
   NCAA Meet: M 8:42.03  3/14/2009   Jenny Barringer, Colorado               
    Facility: F 8:43.79  2/11/2011   Christian Wurth-Thomas, USA             
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points      
=======================================================================      
Finals                                                                       
  1 Abbey D'Agostino          JR Dartmouth              9:01.08   10         
  2 Jordan Hasay              SR Oregon                 9:06.61    8         
  3 Cally Macumber            SR Kentucky               9:07.33    6         
  4 Betsy Saina               SR Iowa State             9:07.34    5         
  5 Hannah Kiser              JR Idaho                  9:07.76    4         
  6 Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton  SR Wichita State          9:08.83    3         
  7 Katrina Coogan            FR Georgetown             9:11.79    2         
  8 Alexi Pappas              SR Oregon                 9:12.38    1         
  9 Chelsea Oswald            JR Kentucky               9:13.65              
 10 Josephine Moultrie        SR New Mexico             9:14.84              
 11 Katie Matthews            SR Boston U.              9:17.71              
 12 Madeline Chambers         JR Georgetown             9:18.70              
 13 Lauren Penney             SR Syracuse               9:24.70              
 14 Emily Lipari              JR Villanova              9:30.54              
 15 Lindsay Crevoiserat       SO Connecticut            9:37.11              
 16 Amanda Winslow            SR Florida State          9:44.20
Women’s 3000m Flash Videos (More Here on youtube channel)
Abbey D’Agostino Makes History Jordan Hasay
Mark Coogan on Coaching a Double Champ and Having a Daughter in the Race Katrina Coogan on Her Race And Her Dad Coaching a Rival

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