Corey Conner of Maine is a three-time outdoor track & field all-academic selection.
Corey Conner of Maine is a three-time outdoor track & field all-academic selection.
Courtesy: America East Communications

America East Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Teams Announced

Release: 05/23/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Twenty-one student-athletes have been named to the 2013 America East outdoor track & field all-academic teams, the conference announced Wednesday. The two teams, which include 11 women and 10 men, have been recognized for their excellence both in the classroom and in competition.

Sixteen all-conference performers highlight the 2013 all-academic squads, seven men and nine women.

Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine) highlighted a strong group of all-conference performers on the men’s side, as the junior won gold in the 5,000 meters at this year’s championship. John DeLallo (Marietta, N.Y.), Andrew Pirnie (Hilton, N.Y.) and Aliaksandr Leuchanka (Clifton Park, N.Y.) of Albany, New Hampshire’s Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) and Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) and Ethan McBrien (Dublin, N.H.) of Vermont also earned all-conference status along with their academic laurels.

Boston University’s R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J.) is the lone repeat member of the outdoor track & field all-academic team. The senior also earned a selection in 2011 and 2012.

Rounding out the men’s squad are a pair of first-time selections in John Busque (Manchester, Conn.) of Hartford and Jake Rachiele (Farmingdale, N.Y.) of Albany.

Five individual champions from this year’s championship highlight the women’s all-academic team. Corey Conner (Townsend, Mass) not only took gold this spring, but has also earned all-academic selections in 2010 and 2012. Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) of Stony Brook, Alicia Clark (Pawlet, Vt.) and Yolanda Ngarambe (Marsta, Sweden) of Vermont and Maine’s Jesse Labreck (Oakland, Maine) were the other individual champions.

Hartford’s Megan Barry (South Yarmouth, Mass.), Albany’s Kathryn Fanning (Manlius, N.Y.) and Jillian Haynes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Vermont’s Julie McGilpin (Westfield, Mass.) were also honored for their academic excellence after earning all-conference status. McGilpin was also an all-academic selection in 2012.

Priscilla Appiagyei (South Windsor, Conn.) of Hartford and Katie Matthews (Rocky Hill, Conn.) of Boston University comprise the rest of the all-academic 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 fifth 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.