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Men Eighth, Women Ninth In Regional Poll

UAlbany Sports Information   04-17-2017

NEW ORLEANS – The University at Albany track and field program saw both the men and the women improve in this week’s regional rankings, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday.  The men climbed two spots to eighth, and the women jumped one spot to ninth.

The top five in the men’s poll consisted of the same schools as last week, but in a slightly different order.  Connecticut maintained its lead atop the Northeast, followed by Cornell in second, who had jumped two places from last week.  Army fell one spot to third, and Dartmouth fell one spot to fourth.  Buffalo held firm at fifth week-to-week.  LIU Brooklyn improved the most of any Northeast school this week, jumping five spots to enter the poll at 12th.  No other America East schools made it into the Northeast poll, but UMBC broke into the Mid-Atlantic poll at 15.

Four of the five schools in last week’s women’s top five remained the same.  Harvard and Cornell retained their first and second spot, respectively.  Buffalo jumped one spot to third, and Columbia fell one spot to fourth.  Connecticut jumped into the top five, swapping placed from last week with Dartmouth.  Massachusetts improved its position the most this week, jumping nine spots to enter the poll at 14th.  New Hampshire also entered the poll at 12th after improving five places.

The men currently hold 10 Northeast top-eight performances, three of which came this past weekend.  The new performances include Adrian Mitchell, who ranks third in the javelin in 227-02.00, Devon Willis, who ranks fourth in the triple jump in 51-02.25, and Eric DelVescovo, who ranks eighth in the shot put in 52-10.00.

The women’s performance list features eight Northeast top-eight performances, including one from over the weekend.  Halie Snyder now ranks eighth in the 400m in 55.49.

The Great Danes will host their lone home meet of the outdoor season on Saturday, April 22.

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