NEW ORLEANS – Fresh off their first America East title in program history, the University at Albany women’s cross country team jumped four places to 10th in the latest Northeast Regional poll. It is the highest the Great Danes have ranked all season, and matches their highest position ever from the final poll of 2013.
Columbia and Syracuse retained the top two spots, respectively, since the last poll. Dartmouth improved one spot to third, swapping placed with Yale, who came in this week at fourth. Finally, Providence jumped into the top three, improving three spots to fifth. UAlbany led all America East schools in the Northeast poll, where Stony Brook landed at 12th and Vermont 13th.
At last weekend’s America East XC Championships, the women’s team won their first-ever title behind 46 points and UAlbany’s first-ever individual champion in Hannah Reinhardt. Reinhardt became the first woman to break 17 minutes for a full 5K, and improved on her own program record for 5K as measured by average mile time. The women’s cross country team’s title made it so that every UAlbany team has won at least one conference championship, and it was also the 100th America East title for a UAlbany team.
Next, the Great Danes will head to Buffalo for the Northeast Regional Championships on Friday, November 9.