Finally Some Parity in NCAA Women's Distance Running?
Is there finally parity in the Women's 5,000 meters during the Abbey D'Agostino era? Since what seems like life began, Abbey D'Agostino has been the dominant presence on the NCAA women's distance scene. Abbey D' has won six straight national championships and should be on her way to her next one in the 5,000 meters, right?
For all intents and purposes I say she does it again as well, but it won't be easy. I really do believe that there may be some parity in this 5k. Abbey D' has been so dominant, but for the first time in a long time she could be beat at NCAAs.
Last year I think we all thought Jordan Hasay would have a chance at beating her, but we all forgot that D'Agostino has practically owned Hasay (not taking away anything Hasay has done in her career--she's amazing) and once we saw her blow Hasay away with 200 to go we were all brought back to reality that D'Agostino really is that good.
This year may be different. Aisling Cuffe has been ON. Marielle Hall was brilliant early on. Elinor Kirk of UAB has been on a tear since NCAA Indoors. Emma Bates is waiting for her chance to break through (she's been on the edge of glory so many times and yes I'm quoting Lady Gaga).
My sleeper is Kate Avery of Iona. After watching her break the field open at NCAA Cross, I wonder if she will do it again this weekend. If she does, can she keep D'Agostino, Cuffe, Hall, and co at bay for long enough to pull out the win.
This is the most exciting women's race of the meet in my opinion and for once in a long time I really think Abbey D' could get beat. Only time will tell.
For reference I have listed the entries of this race with seed times and their respective PRs in parentheses.
1 Elinor Kirk SR UAB 15:53.93 (15:42.13)
2 Emma Bates JR Boise State 15:55.00 (15:33.42)
3 Aisling Cuffe JR Stanford 15:55.16 (15:11.13)
4 Abbey D'Agostino SR Dartmouth 15:57.37 (15:11.35)
5 Juliet Bottorff SR Duke 15:58.78 (15:49.45)
6 Waverly Neer JR Columbia 15:58.91 (15:37.85)
7 Dominique Scott SO Arkansas 16:00.30 (15:42.42)
8 Kate Avery SO Iona 16:00.68 (15:27.90)
9 Rosa Moriello JR Boston U. 16:03.57 (Seed Time)
10 Cally Macumber SR Kentucky 16:03.81 (16:03.81)
11 Dana Giordano SO Dartmouth 16:05.04 (15:53.96)
12 Sarah Collins SO Providence 16:05.86 (15:31.03)
13 Elvin Kibet JR Arizona 16:06.51 (15:57.20)
14 Carrie Verdon SO Colorado 16:06.71 (15:59.83)
15 Laura Nagel JR Providence 16:08.39 (15:42.60)
16 Marielle Hall SR Texas 16:08.97 (15:19.26)
17 Rachele Schulist FR Michigan State 16:09.34 (16:01.23)
18 Mara Olson JR Butler 16:09.74 (15:47.14)
19 Kelsey Santisteban JR California 16:10.60 (15:50.18)
20 Frida Berge FR Oregon 16:17.27 (Seed Time)
21 Jessica Tonn JR Stanford 16:19.36 (15:32.26)
22 Katy Moen JR Iowa State 16:20.56 (15:56.53)
23 Diane Robison JR Arkansas 16:21.67 (15:47.62)
24 Monika Juodeskaite JR Okla State 16:24.96 (16:00.32)