NEW ORLEANS – After being left out of the preseason poll, the University at Albany men’s and women’s cross country teams both jumped into the Week 1 Northeast Regional rankings Monday.
The first in-season poll of 2017, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, saw the men draw 13th place and the women draw 14th. It is the first time since Week 6 in 2016 that the men have been ranked, and the first time since Week 1 of 2016 for the women.
Syracuse led the men’s poll, topping a group of four schools that retained their preseason ranking. Iona ranked second, followed by Columbia, and Providence. Cornell jumped five sports to make it into the top five this week. Stony Brook, the only other America East school ranked in the men’s poll, jumped four spots to seventh.
The top three in the women’s poll held steady from the preseason rankings two weeks ago. Providence held onto the top spot, followed by Harvard and Yale. Syracuse and Columbia each moved up one spot this week to round out the top five. Two other America East schools claimed spots in the Northeast top-15 this week. New Hampshire ranked eighth, the same as in the preseason poll, and Vermont jumped in to claim to the 13th spot just ahead of the Great Danes.
UMass Lowell, whose men ranked 12th women ranked 14th in the preseason poll, did not see either team ranked this week.
The Great Danes jumped into the rankings by virtue of their performance on September 2 in the America East Pre-Conference Meet. The men won the team title and the women finished second in the four-team race.
UAlbany will next compete at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on September 22.