22 #AEXC Members Selected for All-Academic Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Twenty-two student athletes have been named to the 2013 Cross Country All-Academic Team. Twelve women and 10 men achieved academically and athletically while representing the America East this season.
On the women’s side, six of the 10 honorees are repeat award winners from 2012, while four were all-conference performers this year. Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne topped all America East women at the 2013 Championship, while UNH’s Anne Twombly (7th), Vermont’s Kirsten Weberg (8th) and Hartford’s Megan Barry (9th) were the other All-Conference winners to join Burne for All-Academic distinction. Other AE harriers include Albany’s Kathryn Fanning, Vermont’s Alicia Clark, UMBC’s Kirsten McGovern and Nicole Dawson, New Hampshire’s Elise Beattie, Maine’s Monique Boutin, Carolyn Stocker and Rachel Wilkinson.
Barry, Beattie, Burne, Fanning, McGovern, Twombly and Weberg were all repeat selections.
Headlining the men’s 2013 Cross Country All-Academic squad includes four repeat selections and the top-three America East Championship runners. Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg stands out as the only unanimous selection and three-time all-academic pick among his peers. Joining Cullenberg as repeat recipients are Hartford’s John Busque and Andrew Dwyer and UMBC’s Eric Schuler
First-time All-Academic selections include UMass Lowell’s Ben Pare and Lucas Parson, New Hampshire’s John Prizzi, UMBC’s Hassan Omar, Albany’s Eric Billinson, and Andrew Pirnie.
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 sixth 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 typically made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports, with the exception being in the event of ties. 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.