ALBANY, N.Y. — Championship season arrives this weekend for the UAlbany track & field program, kicking off with the America East Indoor Championships at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center. The men’s team has won the last 12 of 13 indoor titles while the women have won the last six.
The entire season dating back to the first meet in the beginning of December has been in preparation for this week and the weeks to follow. But the America East championship itself provides a final, unique opportunity for the Great Danes to compete as a team.
“It’s going to be a great meet,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives. “We’re looking forward to it on both sides. One of the big things to emphasize is that this is a team competition. Track is so often an individual event but this meet will be the last time that this particular group of individuals will be together. It’s one of those things to make memories, to make it special, and to be there for everybody. We want to really bring the energy, and that’s key. We want to emphasize that everyone has to be engaged. All of the event groups will be together and cheering for one another.”
At indoor championships last season, the women won seven events to score 215 points, gapping runner up Stony Brook by 90 points. The men won four events to score 168.50 points but fell to UMass Lowell by a narrow margin of 1.5 points.
The women are the favorites to repeat as champions this year as they seek their seventh consecutive indoor league championship. The men’s team will look to regain the top spot after placing second to UMass Lowell last season.
In years past, the Great Danes have found themselves trailing after the first day of indoor championships after only a handful of events had been scored. Recently, however, UAlbany has, at times, bucked that trend and has had the luxury of leading or holding a share of the lead entering the second day.
The America East Indoor Championships will begin Friday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. beginning with the mens heptathlon and the women’s weight throw. The women’s pentathlon begins at 10:30 a.m., while the majority of the schedule on the first day begins at 2 p.m. Saturday’s events begin at 10:00 a.m.