UMaine runner Cullenberg qualifies for national meet, gains academic honor

Posted Nov. 20, 2013, at 5:04 p.m.
Kelton Cullenberg
Kelton Cullenberg

University of Maine senior Kelton Cullenberg is headed to the NCAA cross country championship meet after earning a Northeast at-large selection over the weekend.

Cullenberg finished 17th overall at the Northeast Regional on Friday in Van Cortland Park in New York as he came up with his career-best time in the 10-kilometer with a clocking of 30 minutes, 35.7 seconds, topping his previous best of 31:41.3 that he ran at last year’s NCAA regional.

The NCAA championships is set for Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Cullenberg and three UMaine women’s cross country runners — Monique Boutin, Carolyn Stocker and Rachel Wilkinson — also received academic honors on Wednesday when they were named to the America East All-Academic squad.

Cullenberg stands out as the only unanimous selection and three-time all-academic pick among his peers.

Meanwhile, the women’s trio are among the team’s best this season.

Boutin tallied her career-best time at a dual meet against New Hampshire earlier this year as she finished the 5K with a time of 18:44 and a 10th-place finish.

Stocker and Wilkinson tallied their season-best times against the Wildcats as well, as Stocker finished the race with a time of 18:28 and Wilkinson clocked in at 18:48

MMA football players on NEFC teams

Maine Maritime Academy senior fullback Billy Wetherbee and junior offensive lineman John MacDonald were named to the New England Football Conference second team Wednesday.

Wetherbee, who was an All-Bogan Division first-team selection last season, finished his senior season 11th in the country and first in the NEFC in rushing yards with 1,460. He topped the conference in yards per game (163) and yards per rush (6.3).

Wetherbee ended his career seventh on the school’s all-time career rushing yards list with 2,634 yards.

MacDonald earns his first postseason honor after anchoring the offensive line that produced the No. 1 rushing team in Division III with a 372.6 yards per game average.

UMaine, Husson field hockey players honored

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association honored three members of the Maine field hockey team on Tuesday as Annabelle Hamilton, Nicole Sevey and Holly Stewart were all placed on the Northeast region team. Hamilton was named to the first team while both Sevey and Stewart earned second-team accolades.

Hamilton led the team in points this season with 13 goals and nine assists. She ranked fourth in the conference in points and second in the America East in shots per game.

Sevey had a breakout campaign as she was tied for third on the team in points with 21 points as she recorded seven goals and seven assists. She registered at least one point in 10 of the Black Bears 19 games this season accounting for 10 percent of the team’s goals.

Stewart used a strong second half of the year to end the season in second on the team in points with 30 (12 goals, six assists).

The Black Bears will have all three players back next year, as both Stewart and Hamilton will be seniors while Sevey will be a junior.

Three members of the Husson University field hockey team also have been honored with selections to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Team.

Senior Sabrina Vaillancourt was named to the New England East Region first team, while teammates senior Liz Noddin and junior Annika Durrell were named to the second team.

Vaillancourt led Husson with 19 goals, Noddin was the second highest goal scorer with six, while Durrell anchored the defense with her team-leading three defensive saves.

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