Boston University's R.J.Page (left) and Maine's Corey Conner are both repeat selections to the 2012 America East Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic teams.
Boston University's R.J.Page (left) and Maine's Corey Conner are both repeat selections to the 2012 America East Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic teams.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Twenty-One Selected to Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Teams

Release: 05/23/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The America East Conference announced the selection of 21 student-athletes to the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic teams on Wednesday afternoon. The two teams, which include 11 men and 10 women, represent the best of America East in competition and in the classroom.

All 21 student-athletes performed at an all-conference level this spring and 12 won gold medals at the 2012 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Each of the 11 men selected to the all-academic squad was an all-league performer at the conference championship. Five of those men, Maine sophomore Wilson Adams (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) and senior David Currier (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee), Binghamton senior Jesse Fuca (Warwick, N.Y./UConn), Vermont senior Sam Hoadley (East Granby, Conn./East Granby) and Boston University junior R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) took home individual titles. Adams caputured gold in the hammer throw with Currier winning the grueling 10,000-meter run, Fuca won the 110-meter hurdles, Hoadley took the javelin throw and Page, the championship meet’s Most Outstanding Track Performer and Coaches’ Award recipient, won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Page, along with Binghamton seniors Robb Quiller (West Point, N.Y./James I. O’Neil) and Adam Quinn (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), repeats as an all-academic selection to this year’s sqaud. In addition, Quiller and Quinn both earned silver medals at the conference championship joining the four remaining members of the team. New Hampshire senior Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska/Melvin Douglas), Vermont senior Mike Grubert (Sturbridge, Mass./Tantasqua), Boston U. senior Joel Senick (Saskatoon, Sask./Holy Cross) and Stony Brook sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) round out the men’s selections.

Seven individual champions highlight the women’s squad, including Boston U. junior Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional), Maine senior Corey Conner (Townsend, Mass./N. Middlesex Regional), Binghamton junior Jessica Hennig (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) and senior Kaitlin Sullivan (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park), Vermont juniors Julie McGilpin (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) and Kirsten Weberg (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora) and Stony Brook graduate student Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate). Barwise won both the heptathlon and high jump at the conference outdoor meet. Conner posted a victory in the 5,000-meter run, Hennig won the 400-meter dash with Sullivan taking the 100-meter hurdles, McGilpin won gold in the 800-meter run while Weberg was victorious in the steeplechase and Van Dalen cruised in the 1,500-meter run.

Van Dalen becomes a four-time all-academic selection while Barwise, who was named to the team last season, and Conner, a 2010 honoree, both make their second appearance on the sqaud.

Albany junior Emily Finnegan (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), Binghamton junior Rachel Miura (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) and Vermont senior Morgan Powers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hall) complete the women’s squad.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom 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, but can be more if there is a tie in voting. 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 Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team
Name    Cl.    School           
Wilson Adams    So.     Maine
David Currier    Sr.     Maine
Tyler Dinnan    Sr.     New Hampshire
Jesse Fuca    Sr.    Binghamton 
Mike Grubert    Sr.    Vermont
Sam Hoadley    Sr.     Vermont
R.J. Page (1)    Jr.    Boston U. 
Robb Quiller (2)    Sr.     Binghamton
Adam Quinn (1)    Sr.    Binghamton
Joel Senick    Sr.    Boston U.
Eric Speakman    So.     Stony Brook
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team
Name    Cl.    School
Allison Barwise (1)    Jr.    Boston U.
Corey Conner (3)    Sr.    Maine 
Emily Finnegan    Jr.    Albany
Jessica Hennig    Jr.     Binghamton
Julie McGilpin    Jr.     Vermont
Rachel Miura    Jr.    Binghamton
Morgan Powers    Sr.     Vermont  
Kaitlin Sullivan    Sr.    Binghamton 
Kirsten Weberg    Jr.     Vermont  
Lucy Van Dalen (4)    Gr.    Stony Brook  

(1) - Outdoor All-Academic Selection, 2011
(2) - Outdoor All-Academic Selection, 2010 and 2011
(3) - Outdoor All-Academic Selection, 2010
(4) - Outdoor All-Academic Selection, 2009, 2010 and 2011