April 22, 2018
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UMaine athletes named finalists for prestigious America East awards


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of Maine has the chance to sweep the America East woman and man of the year awards as women’s soccer captain Lisa Bijman and senior cross country and track standout Kelton Cullenberg were named finalists by the league Wednesday.

The field has been narrowed to three candidates for each award.

Bijman was named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer. She recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology and physical education, with minors in pre-med and chemistry with a 3.96 grade point average.

She was co-captain her senior season, when she started all 19 games at midfield. She was named to the 2012 America East All-Tournament team and was an America East All-Rookie selection in 2010. She finished her career playing in 66 games with five goals and three assists for 13 points.

Cullenberg is a kinesiology/exercise science major with a business administration minor. He has captained three University of Maine teams.

Cullenberg has been selected to All-Conference teams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

At the 2013 America East Cross Country Championships, he finished second overall and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships, the first UMaine male runner to do so since 1979. He finished second at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000 meter run.

The other men’s finalists are New Hampshire’s Jeff Turner (men’s soccer) and Vermont’s Luke Apfeld (men’s basketball).

The other women’s finalists are Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne (cross country/track and field) and Vermont’s Kirsten Weberg (track and field).

The winners will be announced at the conference’s annual meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, June 3, with the women’s winner moving on to a selection process for NCAA Woman of the Year.


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