Indoor Track Ranked For Fifth Consecutive Week

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NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their Week Five regional rankings Tuesday, and once again both University at Albany indoor track teams hold spots in the Northeast poll.  The men are 10th this week, and the women are 14th in the 15-team ranking.  Both teams dropped position from where they were a week ago, but the poll does not take the America East Championship results into account due to the odd scheduling of the event.

In the individual events, the men hold four rankings outright.  Alexander Bowen dropped to second in the high jump, after holding the first spot for the first four weeks.  Youssef Benzamia also holds second in the long jump.  Matthew Catera is in sixth in the heptathlon, and the 4x400 sits in seventh.  Taking into account performances at conference championships, Alfonso Scannapieco would be first in the pole vault, Matthew Campbell would be tied for eighth in the high jump, and the men’s distance medley relay would also be eighth.

The women hold three spots outright.  Aiyanna James is fifth in the long jump and Michelle Anthony is seventh in the 60 hurdles.  The women’s 4x400 also still holds a spot in seventh.  Adding in the results from conference championships, the women’s distance medley relay would hold the eighth spot in the Northeast.

There was no change in the top six spots in the men’s poll.  Army’s men’s team, however, jumped nine places to seventh, after being ranked 16 last week.  Cornell continues to hold a commanding lead over Buffalo for the top spot.

Like the Cornell men, the Harvard women held on to their top spot this week with a slight lead over Connecticut.  Dartmouth remained third, and Buffalo and Cornell swapped positions to take fourth and fifth respectively this week.  Three teams jumped significantly in the women’s poll.  UMass Amherst jumped four spots to 10, Rhode Island jumped six spots to 12, and Iona jumped six spots to 15.

UAlbany has a week off competition before heading to IC4A and ECAC Championships at Boston University, which run from Thursday, March 6 to Saturday, March 8.