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Outdoor Track Ranked In Week Two Poll

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NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the Week Two regional poll Tuesday.  In the inaugural poll released last week, the University at Albany placed the men’s team fourth and the women’s team seventh.  A sparse competition weekend for the Danes caused a drop for both teams in the rankings, with the men falling three spots to seven, and the women falling two spots to nine.

The top three spots in the men’s rankings remained unchanged, with Cornell holding a commanding lead over second ranked Buffalo and third ranked Syracuse.  Harvard jumped four spots to fourth, and Connecticut jumped six spots to fifth.  No new teams entered the men’s poll this week.  On the women’s side, Cornell took a narrow lead over Harvard, ending the Crimson’s long run at the top of the rankings dating back to the indoor season.  The top three teams, Cornell, Harvard, and Connecticut, are separated by only eight points, before a massive drop off to number four Buffalo.  In both the men’s and women’s polls, UAlbany is the sole representative from the America East.

The men’s performance list of top eight marks in the region dropped from a total of 13 last week to just six this week.  Robert Harris III is fourth in the 100, and the only open track representative for the men.  Alexander Bowen is third in the high jump, and Alfonso Scannapieco is second in the long jump and fourth in the pole vault.  Both the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams are also fourth regionally.  The women’s list also dropped somewhat, from eight marks last week to six this week.  Jillian Haynes is fifth in the 200.  Kathryn Fanning is sixth in the 1,500.  Michelle Anthony is fifth in the 100 hurdles.  Tynelle Taylor-Chase is seventh in the 400 hurdles.  Aiyanna James is third in the long jump.  And Paige Vadnais is third in the heptathlon, rounding out the UAlbany regional performers.

UAlbany will presumably have a full contingent of athletes competing this weekend at the inaugural UAlbany Spring Classic, which takes place on Saturday, April 19 at University Field on campus.  Field events kick off at 11:00 a.m. and track events begin at 12:00 p.m.

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