NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its Week 5 poll Monday, and the University at Albany track & field program retained their spots in the men’s and women’s rankings in the final poll to be released before conference championships this weekend. The women fell one spot to eighth and the men fell two spots to 12th. UAlbany did not compete this past weekend in preparation for conference championships.
The top-four in the women’s poll remained unchanged. Dartmouth stayed in the top spot, followed by Harvard, Syracuse, and Connecticut. Cornell improved three spots to break into the top five. The Big Red improved more than all but two other teams in the poll, with Army and Boston University also jumping three spots to 11th and 15th, respectively. Within the America East, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell each fell one spot from last week to 12th and 13th, respectively.
Syracuse and Connecticut went unchanged in the top two positions in the men’s poll. Behind them, Army in third and Rhode Island in fourth swapped spots from last week, and Brown held steady in fifth. Northeastern saw the biggest improvement, jumping 31 spots to join the poll in seventh. UMass Lowell, the only other America East school to earn a ranking, fell one spot to ninth.
Despite being idle during the latest competition window, the UAlbany women still hold five Northeast top-eight performances this season and the men hold six.
The Great Danes will defend their America East Indoor titles starting on Friday, February 23 at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.