Women 3rd, Men 4th in Week 1 Regional Rankings
NEW ORLEANS – Three weeks into the season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its first regional rankings of the 2019 outdoor season. The University at Albany women rank third in the first Northeast poll, and the men rank fourth.
Harvard holds the top spot in the women’s poll, ahead of Cornell in second. Connecticut and Dartmouth round out the top five behind UAlbany. No other America East tam ranked in the top-15, and America East indoor runner-up, UMass Lowell, ranked 16th in the Northeast poll.
Army leads the men’s poll convincingly, accumulating over 900 points on the ranking system. Connecticut, in second, scored just under 420 points. Cornell ranks third, and rounding out the top five is Harvard in fifth. UMass Lowell ranks 11th in the first week as the only other America East team in the men’s top-15.
Through three weekends encompassing five meets, the Great Dane women hold 14 Northeast top-eight performances, including two region-leading performances. Leading their respective events are Tara Belinsky in the shot put (49-07.00) and Venique Harris in the discus (186-00.00). Chidinma Matthew ranks second in the 100m (11.76), as does Anika Hibbard in the high jump (5-08.00) and the women’s 4x100m relay team (46.24). Matthew also ranks third in the 200m (24.05w), sharing a ranking with Hannah Reinhardt in the 5,000m (16:06.02). Sophia Myers ranks fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.85). Asia Jinks ranks fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:00.42). Jahari Coleman ranks sixth in the 100m (11.97w), as does EJ Onah in the long jump (18-10.00). Kelly Iocca ranks seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:46.69). Ranking eighth are Jinks in the 100m hurdles (14.06) and Shelby Bigsby in the shot put (46-08.25).
The men’s team can boast 11 top-eight performances and four regional leaders in the Northeast. Garfield Napier leads the 100m (10.52w), as does Sidney Gibbons in the 110m hurdles (13.91), Victor Cotto in the long jump (24-02.25), and Devon Willis in the triple jump (51-03.25). Jan Michael Gutierrez Almedina ranks second in the 200m (21.23), as does Walter Briggs in the 110m hurdles (14.04). The men’s 4x100m relay team ranks third (40.98). Robert Blue ranks fourth in the triple jump (50-03.25). Kyle Gronostaj ranks sixth in the 10,000m (29:29.72), as does the men’s 4x400m relay team (3:15.72). Finally, Matthew Campbell ranks eighth in the high jump (6-06.75).
The Great Danes outdoor season continues this weekend with meets at TCNJ and Princeton.