Cullenberg, Del Fava Head to NCAA Nationals
Cambridge, Mass. – Two of America East’s top-runners will compete in this weekend’s NCAA Cross Country Championships after earning individual at-large bids. The championships are slated for Nov. 23 at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The pair of AE runners that will participate at Nationals includes Albany junior Silvia Del Fava and Maine senior Kelton Cullenberg, who paced all league runners in their respective genders over the weekend at the Northeast Regional and placed in the top-20 among competitors.
Del Fava had an impressive showing of 10th place in a field of 254 runners. Del Fava, who placed third in the league championship just behind teammate Brittney Lane and the overall winner Olivia Burne of Stony Brook, qualified for the Nationals with a 6k time of 20:24. Her time shattered the previously standing school record set by Lane.
Heading into the Nationals, Del Fava is no stranger to the national championship course, as she finished seventh overall in the 6k White Race during the Pre-National Invitational in October, clocking in at 20:54.00. On the year, Del Fava consistently helped pace the Great Danes and collected Performer of the Week honors in week #5 of league recognition. Female competitors have now represented the America East at nationals for eight consecutive years.
The two-time America East Performer of the Week, Kelton Cullenberg, was the runner-up in the league championship, but that didn’t stop him from besting all other AE participants in the NCAA Northeast Regional. His 10k time of 30:35.7 was good enough to register 17th of 256 runners, and was also his career-best 10k mark by over a minute. is the first male in three years, and just the third in America East history, to grab an at-large spot for the NCAA championship. The last runner on the male side to qualify was Binghamton’s Erik van Ingen, who participated in both 2009 and 2010.
Thirty-eight individual qualifiers were selected to participate in the national championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.
Indiana State will host the championships on Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men’s race will begin at noon ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m. Visit NCAA.com for the course map, fan guide and more.