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Men's Track Nipped


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Gotta feel for the team after a 1-point loss.

 

If you look down the results to the heptathlon, the last event listed, Northeastern was pretty smart - they entered four men to our one. Three of their four scored points - there is your edge right there.

 

I don't know if the conference championship events are by invitation - i.e. you must qualify for an event with a performance during the "regular" season. If so, cool. But if not, then that was just good strategy and it paid off.

 

One point is so minor. To put that in perspective:

 

1.) We had two men JUST finish out of the scoring in the pole vault with the same height as people who did score points ... but our jumpers lost on more attempts.

 

2.) Or you could look to the 55 hurdles, where we lost directly to a Northeastern athlete by one one-hundredth of a second.

 

3.) Ditto for the 500 run, where two UA athletes finished directly behind an NU athlete - the first by 0.63 of a second.

 

4.) Ditto for the 200, where our best was 0.04 behind their second man for a point.

 

 

Congratulations to the Distance Medley Relay team, which broke the America East record.

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Track & Field is a chess match--you place your players in a postiion to win and if they perform, you win--but then maybe if we place them in the wrong positions and they performed their best and we still didn't win? A simple sport--not at all!! I am confident Coach Vives made all the right decisions--there will be another day.

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I am sure the team is dissappointed with second place, but they are to be congratulated on another fine season (which isn't over for many). Finishing 1st, 1st, and 2nd the last three years is a great accomplishment.

 

It's amazing how little difference there was in a number of events that could have swung the results in Albany's direction.

 

Good luck to the athletes competing at IC4A's and Nationals.

 

Beat Northeastern at the Outdoor Championships.

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