Maine's Cullenberg Tabbed America East Man of the Year
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — University of Maine cross country and track and field star Kelton Cullenberg received the first-ever America East Man of the Year award Tuesday evening at the conference’s annual awards dinner on Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, N.H. The honor recognizes the conference’s senior male student-athlete who has best distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
The conference’s Senior Woman Administrators narrowed the pool of nine institutional Man of the Year nominees down to three finalists on May 21, and chose Cullenberg as the conference winner. The other finalists were University of New Hampshire soccer student-athlete Jeff Turner and University of Vermont basketball student-athlete Luke Apfeld.
To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in his primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season, received his undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
A Maine graduate, Cullenberg excelled in all facets of college life embodying the conference’s three pillars of the complete student-athlete. In the classroom, he registered a 3.92 GPA as a kinesiology/exercise science major and business administration minor. Named to Dean’s List and also named a Presidential Scholar for having a perfect 4.0 semester GPA six times, Cullenberg was a seven-time America East All-Academic selection.
Cullenberg, a team captain, received Maine’s prestigious M Club Dean Smith Award in 2014. The award is presented each year to a student-athlete who has shown outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.
On the track, Cullenberg earned All-America East honors three times this year, placing second individually in the cross country championship and the indoor 5,000-meter run and won the outdoor 5,000 meters. He competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championship, becoming the first Black Bear in 24 years to do so.
This is the first year the conference bestowed the Man of the Year award. The America East has awarded a Woman of the Year since 2006 with the winner moving forward for a chance to be named the NCAA Woman of the Year. Athletic Directors and administrators at the nine America East institutions voted to begin awarding a Man of the Year in the summer of 2013.
About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.