Coming of impressive wins at the recent NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino were named the National Track Athletes of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
Cheserek, a freshman, won both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters in Albuquerque, thwarting Lawi Lalang’s quest to win an unprecedented three events at a single championship meet. Cheserek beat Lalang, the owner of the previous two National Track Athlete of the Year awards, by six seconds in the 5,000 meters, recording a time of 13:46.67. He followed up that victory with a two-second win over Kirubel Erassa in the 3,000 meters, turning in a time of 8:11.59.
D’Agostino, a senior, was similarly dominant in her events, winning both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters for the second year in a row (making her the only women in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the feat). She earned a two-second victory in the 5,000 meters, recording a time of 16:20.39, and she went 9:14.47 in the 3,000 meters.
The duo of Cheserek and D’Agostino have shared USTFCCCA awards before, each being honored for their respective performances during the 2013 cross country season.