Men and Women Fifth in Week #1 Poll
NEW ORELEANS – The University at Albany track & field program landed top-five rankings in the first Northeast Regional poll of the season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday.
Army found itself atop the men’s poll, ahead of Northeastern, Connecticut, and Harvard in the top four. UMass Lowell, who ended UAlbany’s streak of 12-straight America East indoor titles, came in at ninth as the only other America East squad in the top-15.
Cornell headlined the women’s poll, leading Harvard, Connecticut, and Dartmouth to round out the top four. No other America East schools ranked in the top-15 in the Northeast or any other poll.
Through two weekends of competition this season, the men’s team holds 11 Northeast top-eight performances. Matthew Campbell highlights the group, leading the region and the country in the high jump with his 7-05.00 clearance last weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Campbell, whose mark broke the previous outdoor school record of 7-03.25 set in 2013 by former teammate Alexander Bowen, is the second UAlbany student-athlete to rank first in an NCAA Championship event, following Bowen in the high jump at the start of the 2013 season.
Campbell is the only member of the men’s team to lead the region. Harmodio Cruz III ranks second in the 400m in 47.61. Tyler Ranke ranks second in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:04.35. Walter Briggs ranks third in the 400m hurdles in 52.50. Adrian Mitchell ranks third in the javelin in 215-06.00. The men’s 4x400m relay ranks third in 3:13.58. Myles Banfield ranks fourth in the 400m in 47.74. Victor Ortiz Rivera ranks fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:15.07. Sidney Gibbons ranks fourth in the 110m hurdles in 14.17. Kingsley Ogbonna ranks fifth in the high jump in 6-09.00. Finally, the men’s 4x100m relay ranks seventh in 41.71.
The women hold 10 Northeast top-eight rankings at this point in the season. Stephani Osuji ranks first in the 200m after her outdoor-school record effort of 23.59 over the weekend. Osuji is also a member of the top-ranked women’s 4x100m relay that has run 45.32. Osuji also ranks second in the 100m with her wind-aided 11.60. Taahira Butterfield ranks fourth in the 100m in a wind-aided 11.92. Tara Belinsky ranks fifth in the shot put in 45-11.75. The women’s 4x400m relay ranks fifth in 3:45.86. Dayleen Santana Rodriguez ranks seventh in the 100m in 12.03. Anika Hibbard ranks seventh in the high jump in 5-05.00. Lynda Brundige ranks seventh in the triple jump in a wind-aided 38-07.00. Finally, Colleen Maloney ranks eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:52.56.
UAlbany will enjoy a competition-free weekend before splitting up for two meets next week, in Jamaica and at Connecticut.