NEW ORLEANS – The University at Albany track & field team swept its 10th straight America East Outdoor Championships over the weekend, and for their efforts the men and women retained their regional rankings from last week with the men coming in sixth and the women in eighth.
Syracuse remained atop the men's poll. Army saw the biggest improvement of any institution, jumping three spots to second. Rhode Island and Northeastern remained third and fourth, respectively, and Connecticut fell three spots to fifth. UMass Lowell was the only other America East school in the poll, falling one spot to 11th following their runner-up finish at conference championships. In the Mid-Atlantic poll, conference championship host and third-place finisher UMBC improved three spots to 11th.
Cornell held steady atop the women's poll. Behind the Big Red, Harvard improved two spots to second, while Dartmouth and Syracuse each fell one spot to third and fourth, respectively. Columbia jumped two spots to fifth, joining Harvard and Northeastern (9th) as the biggest improvers since last week. No other America East schools earned a spot in the women's poll.
Outdoor championships saw seven new Northeast top-eight performances from the men's team, bringing the team total to 13 for the season. Walter Briggs is the new regional leader in the 400m hurdles with his time of 51.05. Devon Willis ranks second in the triple jump with his school-record 52-06.00. Adrian Mitchell ranks fourth in the javelin in 217-09.00. Myles Banfield ranks fifth in the 400m in 47.27. Tyler Ranke ranks fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:03.11. Bryan Nicholson ranks seventh in the discus in 168-01.00. Finally, Harmodio Cruz III ranks eighth in the 400m in 47.49.
The women's championship meet brought two new Northeast top-eight performances for the Great Danes for a season total of 11. Anika Hibbard ranks third in the high jump in 5-08.50, and Asia Jinks ranks seventh in the 400m hurdles in 1:00.65.
Championship season continues for UAlbany with IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Championships this weekend at Princeton University.