Indoor Track To Compete At Villanova Invitational
ALBANY, N.Y.—In their fourth meet of the season, the University at Albany men and women’s track team will return to the Ocean Breeze Complex this Saturday for the Villanova Invitational. This is the second time the Great Danes have competed at the facility that will later serve as the site for the America East Championship.
“We’re looking good this time of year,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives. “This meet has a strong level of competition with teams and athletes who we don’t normally see. It adds something different to the student-athlete’s experience.”
Competing teams include: Delaware, Georgetown (Men), Haverford, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Penn, Princeton (Men), South Florida, Temple (Women), Villanova, Lehigh, Lafayette, and club teams.
Traditionally, the Great Danes would be attending the Armory’s Collegiate Invitation. After attending a high-intensity two-day meet last weekend, the coaching staff is opting for the non-scoring Nova Invite. The five-hour meet means less travel time and more rest for the student-athletes as they enter the most important part of the season. This will also be the last time the full team competes together.
“This is week four,” explains Vives. “We’re ready to keep improving. The team is more familiar with the facility, so they’ll be more relaxed. Last meet was very high-powered—We had athletes running with Olympians in the invitational section. This weekend will give them a chance to perform without the high-level of stress. They can focus individually and on one event.”
The meet is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 P.M with the field events, and the women’s 60-meter hurdles as the first event on the track. After this weekend, the Great Danes have two-weeks until the America East Conference.