NEW ORLEANS – Coming off their latest America East Outdoor Championship victories, the University at Albany men's and women's track & field teams continued to hold spots in the Northeast regional poll this week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday. The women climbed one spot to sixth, while the men fell four spots to 10th.
The top five in the women's poll went unchanged from last week. Harvard came in at the top, followed by Cornell, Columbia, Connecticut, and Buffalo. Dartmouth, who ranked seventh this week, improved the most of all ranked schools, jumping three places from last week. New Hampshire held steady at 14th as the only other America East school to earn a ranking.
The men's top five saw much more turnover. Cornell retained its spot at the top as the only team in the 15-team poll to hold the same ranking as last week. Dartmouth jumped one spot to second, followed by Harvard, who jumped five spots to third as the team making the biggest improvement this season. Connecticut dropped two spots to fourth, and Rhode Island jumped two spots to fifth. No other America East schools earned a top-15 ranking in the Northeast poll, but UMBC improved one spot to 12th in the Mid-Atlantic poll.
The women added five new Northeast top-eight performances from this past weekend's championship meet, and now have a total of nine for the season. Stephanie Osuji ranks third in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 11.50. Chanel Smith ranks seventh in the 100m with a wind-aided 11.64. Osuji ranks fourth in the 200m in 23.75. Halie Snyder ranks fourth in the 400m hurdles in 59.48. Finally, the 4x400m relay team of Osayi Owie, Akua Williams, Kiyah Owens, and Halie Snyder rank eighth in 3:45.49.
The men hold seven Northeast top-eight performances through Week #6, one of which was new from this past weekend's meets. Sidney Gibbons now ranks eighth in the 110m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 14.26.
Next, the Great Danes will visit Princeton for IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Championships starting Friday, May 12.