Track Set To Compete At Northeast Challenge
ALBANY, N.Y.—In their second competition of the week, the University at Albany track & field team will continue travel for the Northeast Challenge, hosted by the University of Connecticut on Saturday, April 16.
“This is a great opportunity for tremendous performances,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives. “We’re supposed to have good weather, great competition, and a quality facility, so we’re looking to have a strong weekend.”
In addition to UAlbany and UConn, Buffalo, Northeastern, Rhode Island, and Southern CT will also be competing in the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.The UConn men are currently ranked first in the region and the women are third.
“The Northeast Challenge is a real quality meet,” said Coach Vives. “All the events are well contested. UConn is very good on both the men’s and women’s side. Northeastern, Buffalo, and Rhode Island are all strong teams that have been ranked top in the region.”
This marks the second year of the Northeast Challenge. Previously, only the men’s team would compete against UConn in the annual Dogfight dual meet and the women would have to find other competition. The Dogfight has been revamped to the Northeast Challenge to increase rivalry between schools in the region, while also providing strong competition for the women’s team.
“About two years ago they changed the format to include more teams as well as the women’s side,” explained Coach Vives. “They wanted something for both the men and the women to compete together. Last year, the meet featured five Division two teams. This year, they brought up the quality to five division one teams and a Division two team.”
Last year, the Great Danes each took second place at the Northeast Challenge. The women scored 209 points and the men scored 190 points. UConn won both team titles, with the Huskies’ women scoring 239 points, and the men scoring 284 points.
“We’re getting deeper in the season,” Coach Vives said. “We have a few meets left before conference, so I think we’re going to start seeing some really good results. Based on practice, I’ve seen that student athletes have bumped up their performances and are ready to go. “
The Northeast Challenge is scheduled to begin Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 A.M. with the men’s hammer throw, while events on the track kick off at 1:30 P.M. with the 3,000-meter steeplechase.