Track Travels To Vermont For Dual Meet
ALBANY, N.Y.—After a successful showing at the Florida Relays last week, the University at Albany track & field program will head to the University of Vermont to take on the fellow conference member in a dual meet.
“We’re excited about it, said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives.. “It’ll be a quality meet. It’s going to make for a short week with the UConn meet this weekend—it’s a quick turnaround. That’s good because when we go to championship meets, we’re competing back to back. This will be good to prepare our student athletes for competition.”
The University of Vermont will also be the host of the America East Outdoor Championships from May 7 to May 8. In the 2015 Outdoor Conference Championships, Vermont placed fifth for men and sixth for women. Originally, Stony Brook was set to host, but due to equipment issues, Vermont has taken over. Vermont was also the conference host two years ago.
“We started the outdoor season going to the warmer climates in Puerto Rico, Coastal Carolina, and the Florida relays,” said Coach Vives. “Now it’s time to prepare for post season. In the Northeast you have to get used to the weather in competition. I try to do that by sending the team to smaller meets because it’s uncomfortable to compete in a two day or eight to ten hour meet and you risk injuries.”
“It’s a three hour meet,” explained Coach Vives. “Tuesday is normally one of our quality practice days, so it’s a good substitute for a good work out. “Most of our coaches are using it to try athletes in different events, to get qualifying marks and that sort of thing. Some athletes are doing their primary events because for a few, it’s their first meet.”
Last year, the team didn’t see any dual meets in the season. This meet will transition the team from the big invitational they have been participating in so far this season. It is smaller and moves faster, which cuts travel time, giving the athletes more time to return home and rest.
“A dual meet for the men and women is something we haven’t done in a long time—probably since our Division three days,” Coach Vives said. “We’re excited about this. I like the idea of a mid-week meet. We don’t like for the athletes to miss classes, but it gives them a weekend. To have this weekend off and not be going to another meet is a good thing.”
Traditionally, the men have faced the University of Connecticut in the annual Dogfight dual meet with the women finding another competition to supplement. Since the meet focused mainly on the men’s team, the meet has been changed to the Northeast Challenge to increase rivalry and allow more inclusion for the women’s team. With this new format, other teams are also included in the meet, expanding competition.
“Vermont has some quality competition, so I think it will be good for us,” said Coach Vives. “I like to develop these relationships with our conference schools. They’re supportive of us, they come to our UAlbany Spring Classic, and I think it’s important that we reciprocate. It will be a good competition for both programs.”
UAlbany will travel to the UVM Dual Meet this Tuesday, April 13 in Burlington at 3:30 P.M.