SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Ever since her freshman year at Bernards High School, Dana Gioardano has run in, and won, big track and cross country races.  The Dartmouth University standout won big again on November 13 when she finished first in the NCAA Northeast Womens Cross Country Regional Championship.

Giordano finished first in the 6 kilometer race out of a field of 256 athletes from 38 colleges and universities.  She completed the course in 20:25.7, 3.3 seconds ahead of Providence College's Sara Collins.  The victory earned the BHS alum, Dartmouth's "Brick and Brew" Athlete of the Week award on November 18, and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association northeastern region Athlete of the Week.

The victory follows a strong second place finish in the prestigious Ivy League Championships.

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Fans of the Bernards High Track and Cross Country program are used to hearing about Giordano's accomplishments.  She began to set the distance running world on fire during her freshman year.  She earned High School All-American honors in the two mile run, and won the New Jersey Meet of Champions in the 3200 meter run as a junior.

Giordano's regional victory earned her another trip to the NCAA Championships.  Giordano will compete in the national championship race tomorrow at noon at Tom Saywer State Park in Louisville Kentucky.  Check back with TAP into Somerset Hills for an update.