Cullenberg, Burne Tabbed League's Scholar-Athletes of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — University of Maine's Kelton Cullenberg and Stony Brook University's Olivia Burne are the top America East student-athletes of 2013-14 as the duo was named the conference's Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively, Thursday.
Cullenberg and Burne, also the conference's Man and Woman of the Year, respectively, this year, excelled as student-athletes, embodying the conference’s three pillars of the complete student-athlete. The tandem was chosen from a group of 19 student-athletes who were tabbed Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports by a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives. The committee each year elects a Scholar-Athlete in each of the league’s 19 championship sports following the fall, winter and spring seasons. Cullenberg was the outdoor track & field Scholar-Athlete while Matthews captured the award three times, in both women’s indoor and outdoor track and field as well as cross country.
A Maine graduate, Cullenberg 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.
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.
A Stony Brook graduate, Burne earned a 3.84 GPA in journalism earning her numerous academic accolades. Burne has been named an America East Scholar-Athlete four times (2013, 14 cross country; 2013-14 indoor track & field, 2013-14 outdoor track & field), received America East All-Academic recognition six times and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
The second Seawolf to earn the honor in the last three years, Burne was crowned an America East individual champion three times in 2013-14 (cross country, indoor 1,000-meter run, outdoor 1,500-meter run) and four times in her career. She earned second-team All-America honors in the indoor mile this year, placing 12th overall.
Other 2013-14 Scholar-Athletes included: Lisa Bijman (Maine), women's soccer; Anthony Santaga (Hartford), men's soccer; Daphne Voormolen (Albany), field hockey; Viktoriia Stroilo (Albany), volleyball; Eric Schuler (UMBC), men's cross country; Luke Apfeld (Vermont); co-men's basketball; Peter Hooley (Albany), co-men's basketball; Liz Wood (Maine), women's basketball; Lauren McCandless (New Hampshire), women's swimming & diving; John DeLallo (Albany), men's indoor track & field; Tate Klidonas (Hartford), men's lacrosse; Vanessa VanderZalm (Vermont), women's lacrosse; Jake Thomas (Binghamton), baseball; Allison Cukrov (Stony Brook), softball; Cassandra Dix (Stony Brook), women's tennis; Robin Lesage (Binghamton), men's tennis; Kathryn Fanning (Albany), co-women's outdoor track & field.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete program, , Presidential Scholar-Athlete awards are bestowed to student-athletes who graduate with a 3.75 GPA. All-Academic teams comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically are chosen in each of the conference’s 19 sports. The conference also recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Finally, the Academic Cup is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year.