Albany's Alex Leuchanka (Left) and Vermont's Morgan Powers are repeat selections to the Cross Country All-Academic Teams.
Albany's Alex Leuchanka (Left) and Vermont's Morgan Powers are repeat selections to the Cross Country All-Academic Teams.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Twenty-Two Student-Athletes Named to Cross Country All-Academic Team

Release: 11/15/2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Twenty-two cross country student athletes have been named to the 2011 All-Academic Team. Ten women and 12 men stood out on the trails and in the classroom as they represent the best of the America East Conference.

Five all-conference performers and five repeat all-academic selections highlight the women’s team.  Stony Brook’s Hayley Green and Boston University’s Katie Matthews finished in the top two spots at the America East Championship. Vermont’s Morgan Powers, Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne and New Hampshire Elise Beattie are the other all-conference harriers to earn the academic team distinction.

Green, Matthews and Powers are joined by Albany’s Emily Finnegan and Stony Brook’s Kristal Conklin as repeat selections to the all-academic team.

Rounding out the squad are New Hampshire’s Darcy James, Vermont’s Kirsten Weberg and Albany’s Kathryn Fanning.

Three all-conference runners and three repeat selections headline the men’s squad. Stony Brook’s Eric Speakman, Albany’s Paul Lagno and Binghamton’s Vasili Papastrat earned all-conference status at the championship. Lagno, meanwhile, is joined by his teammate Alex Leuchanka and Boston University’s Joe Greenspun as repeat all-academic honorees.

First-time recipients include Hartford’s Andrew Chalmers, Vermont’s Connor Jennings, Ryan Sleeper and Ethan McBrien, Binghamton’s Jason Santos, and Maine’s Taylor Phillips and Kelton Cullenberg.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field. 

For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team
Name                        Cl.    School          Hometown/Previous School        GPA    Major
Andrew Chalmers  Sr.    Hartford     Ashland, N.H./Plymouth Regional  3.65    Economics   
Kelton Cullenberg So.    Maine        Farmington, Maine/ Mt. Blue        3.781    Mechanical Engineering
Joe Greenspun     Sr.    Boston U.   Orange, Conn./ Amity Regional    3.80    Electrical Engineering   
Connor Jennings   Sr.    Vermont    Concord, N.H./Concord               3.49    Political Science       
Paul Lagno        Jr.    Albany        Salt Point, N.Y./ Millbrook            3.33    Economics       
Alex Leuchanka  Jr.    Albany        Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa  3.38    Interdisciplinary Human Biology   
Ethan McBrien      Jr.    Vermont      Dublin, N.H./ Contoocook Valley Regional  3.84    English   
Vasili Papastrat   Jr.    Binghamton    Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton   3.324    Pre-Law
Taylor Phillips      Jr.    Maine        Brookfield, Conn./ Brookfield         3.301    Athletic Training
Jason Santos       Jr.    Binghamton   Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown            3.684    Accounting   
Ryan Sleeper       Jr.    Vermont       West Windsor, N.J./ West Windsor-Plainsboro   3.69    Environmental Science   
Eric Speakman      So.    Stony Brook   Napier, New Zealand/Taradale            3.76    Business   


Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Team
Name            Cl.    School        Hometown/Previous School        GPA    Major

Elise Beattie So.   New Hampshire    Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock  3.75    Nursing
Olivia Burne  So.   Stony Brook Palmerston North, New Zealand/Palmerston North    3.93    Journalism
Kristal Conklin  Sr.  Stony Brook   Middletown, N.Y./ Valley Central  3.85    English
Kathryn Fanning  So. Albany   Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius  4.00    Biology
Emily Finnegan  Jr.   Albany    Niskayuna, N.Y./ Colonie Central     3.96    Globalization Studies/Spanish
Hayley Green    Sr.  Stony Brook Wellington, New Zealand/Victoria University    3.93    Psychology
Darcy James  Jr.    New Hampshire  Exeter, N.H./Exeter           3.85    Communication Science & Disorder
Katie Matthews  Sr.   Boston U.  Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill    3.66    Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Morgan Powers Sr.   Vermont    Cincinnati, Ohio/ Indian Hill     3.96    Dietetics, Nurtrition and Food Sciences
Kirsten Weberg  Jr.   Vermont    East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora   3.89    Animal Science