Courtesy: America East Communications

2013-14 Women's Indoor #AETF All-Academic Team

Release: 03/27/2014

The 2013-14 Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic team consists of 11 members from six of the nine America East programs. Albany headlines the squad, landing four women on the team, including Brianne Bellon, Silvia Del Fava, Kathryn Fanning and Jillian Haynes. The four remaining institutions that are represented include Hartford (1), UMBC (1), New Hampshire (2), Stony Brook (1) and Vermont (2).

Bellon (Greenfield, N.Y.) has accumulated a 3.54 GPA in history over her four years at Albany coupled with minor in Education Studies. At the end of the season, she led the Great Danes in the 800 (2:10.78). She earned a bronze medal at the America East Indoor Championships with a third-place finish in the 800 (2:13.01) and second in the distance medley relay. In Albany program history, Bellon ranks second all-time in the 800, fourth in 1000 (2:50.80) and ninth in the mile (4:58.32). She also led America East performers in 800, and fourth in 1000 (2:50.69, converted from 2:52.55) on the 2014 indoor season.

Albany’s Del Fava (Lucca, Italy) sports an impressive 3.98 in urban studies & planning and geography. She won the 3000 (9:40.20) and the 5000 (16:44.35) at the America East Indoor Championships in 2014. She has also won every race she competed in during the indoor season, with the exception of the mile at the Columbia Invitational (9th-4:54.88.) Del Fava holds the school records in the 3000 (9:33.50) and 5000 (16:39.70), and sits sixth all-time for the Great Danes in the Mile. She finished the 2014 season leading the America East performance list in the 3000 and 5000-meter runs and sits at fifth in the mile.

Fanning (Manlius, N.Y.), a senior at Albany, has posted a near-perfect 3.98 GPA in biology.  Her academic achievements have included spots on the Indoor America East All-Academic (2013, ’12), Outdoor AE All-Academic (2013), Cross Country AE All-Academic (2013, ‘12, ’11). She has also completed work as a researcher at the RNA Institute and is a published author in Journal of Neuroscience. On the track she leads Albany in the Mile (4:50.73), has placed second in 1000 (2:52.88), third in mile and second in the distance medley relay as the anchor leg (4:47) at the indoor league championship. Fanning is a school record holder in 1000 (2:46.70) and mile (4:43.23), and sits at 10th all-time among AE runners in the 800 (2:16.08). Fanning ended her indoor career ranking third on the performer lists in the 1000 (2:48.43) and fourth in the mile.

Haynes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has compiled a 3.78 in human biology over the course of her four years of undergraduate work. She led Albany in the 60 (7.61) and 200 (24.53) meter dashes. At the 2014 America East Indoor Championships, she placed third in the 60 (7.64-preliminary; 7.66-finals) and fourth in the 200 (24.53 preliminaries; 24.67 finals). Haynes ranks third all-time in each event in Albany history. She ended the season sitting in the No. 4 slot on the AE performance list in the 60 and 200-meter dashes as well. Additionally, she was a member of the 2013 Outdoor America East All-Academic squad.

Four-year letter winner Megan Barry (South Yarmouth, Mass.) continues to push herself in the classroom and on the track. This year, she raised her GPA from a 3.90 after her junior year to a 3.92 heading into the spring semester of her senior year as a biology major and continues to land herself on the All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll for Cross Country (2012, ’13), Indoor (’13) and Outdoor Track & Field (’13). She has also been on Hartford’s President’s List. Barry has also earned an all-conference selection with a third-place finish in the 5000 meters at the America East Championship and set the school record in both the 3000 and 5000-meter runs during the 2013-14 season. Barry has also accumulated numerous top-seven finishes over the course of the season, including turning in school and person-best records, such as her finish in the mile leg of the distance medley relay at the New England Championships, becoming the first Hartford distance medley runner to break 12 minutes.

Senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md.) has compiled a 3.40 GPA while working towards a degree in psychology at UMBC. She has been named to the Dean’s List three times during her stint with the Retrievers and received a spot on the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012, ’13). Adelola’s athletic achievements have included running the third leg of the 4x400 relay for UMBC at the 2014 league championship meet, in which the Retrievers won a bronze medal, clocking in at 3:49.76. She also advanced to the finals of 500-meter run to qualify third (1:15.68), following up with a seventh-place finish in the finals (1:15.42). Adelola recorded a career-best time of 1:14.96 at the Penn State Nationals to jump up to sixth all-time in UMBC history.

Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.), a senior distance runner for New Hampshire, notched a 3.88 GPA in the fall semester and owns a cumulative GPA of 3.64 in nursing. Athletically, Beattie placed in the top-five five times during the 2013-14 indoor season, which includes two third-place finishes, two second-place finishes and one first-place finish. Beattie also took third in the 3000-meter (9:54.79) and second in the 5000-meter event (17:11.09) at the conference meet.

A junior jumper for the UNH track and field team, Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), posted a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester and owns a cumulative 3.98 GPA in Communication Services and Disorders during her three years at UNH. In addition to excelling in the classroom, she placed in six events, all top-four finishes, for UNH during the indoor track and field season. The junior earned a silver medal in the high jump (5’07”) at the AE Championships and went on to claim third (5’07”) in the same event at New England Championships.

Stony Brook senior Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) has earned a stellar 3.93 in journalism. Her performance has landed her on the Dean’s List six of a possible seven semesters and the America East All-Academic team in indoor and outdoor track twice. She has also been an All-Academic cross country selection all three eligible years, which helped her earn the title of America East Scholar-Athlete in cross country (2012, ’13). Burne won the league title in the women's 1000 in 2:48.33, nearly breaking the record of 2:48.02 set by Stony Brook All-American and Olympian Lucy Van Dalen. Her time was nearly four seconds ahead of the next runner (2:52.88) and qualified her for the ECACs. She set a new personal-record in the mile and ran the third-fastest filmed in the country to date (4:38.10).

Sophomore Alicia Clark (Pawlet, Vt.) sports a 3.97 GPA in business administration in her first year and a half at Vermont. She placed second overall in the 3000-meter run at the America East Championships to earn all-conference honors. Clark also earned All-New England honors in the 3000-meter.

Senior Yolanda Ngarambe (Marsta, Sweden) has made a name for herself during her time at Vermont. She won her third-straight 800-meter indoor title at the America East Championships and finished second overall in the conference's one-mile run for all-conference honors, enroute to earning the Co-Coaches’ Award for accumulating the most points during the league meet (20.5). In addition, Ngarambe was crowned the New England champion in the one-mile with a school record time. To go along with her impressive athletic feats, she has earned a 3.41 in psychology.

Each nominee must be at least in sophomore standing academically, have compiled a minimum 3.3 GPA and have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s 2013-14 contests or be a significant reserve.

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.

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2013-14 Women's Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team

Brianne Bellon, Albany, 3.54, History
Silvia Del Fava, Albany, 3.98, Urban Studies & Planning/Geography  
Kathryn Fanning, Albany, 3.98, Biology
Jillian Haynes, Albany, 3.78, Human Biology   
Megan Barry, Hartford, 3.92, Biology   
Deborah Adelola, UMBC, 3.40, Psychology
Elise Beattie, New Hampshire, 3.64, Nursing
Jessica Salley, New Hampshire, 3.98, Communication Services & Disorders

Olivia Burne, Stony Brook, 3.93, Journalism   
Alicia Clark, Vermont, Sophomore, 3.97, Business Administration
Yolanda Ngarambe, Vermont, 3.41, Psychology