ORONO, Maine — University of Maine linebackers Cabrinni Goncalves and Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga have been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards FCS Awards Watch List.
Goncalves was the Black Bears’ second leading tackler in 2013. He made 101 stops, including a team-high 15 for a loss, along with 6.5 sacks. Goncalves ranked 15th in the Colonial Athletic Association in tackles per game (7.8) and ranked fifth in the league in tackles for loss (1.15).
Mulumba Tshimanga, the reigning CAA and ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year, also earned FCS All-New England first-team honors and a CAA first-team nod. He finished as UMaine’s leader in tackles with 118, fifth-most in the league. He recorded the single-game league high with 19 tackles at Albany.
The initial watch list includes 38 linebackers who are vying for the top award in the Football Championship Subdivision. The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.
UM’s Adams, Cullenberg honored
Wilson Adams and Kelton Cullenberg of UMaine were honored by the conference on Tuesday as they were named to the 2014 America East Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team.
Adams, a junior thrower from Barrington, Rhode Island, reeled in his second America East outdoor title in the hammer throw and fourth overall championship between indoor and outdoor competition in earning his all-academic honor.
At the America East championship, Adams set a UMaine standard in the hammer throw with a mark of 191 feet, 9 inches. He had previously bested Richard Nason’s 50-year-old record of 187-7½ at the Penn Relays with this throw of 189-2. He placed 11th at the ECAC/IC4As.
Cullenberg, a senior distance runner from Chesterville, also earned his second America East all-academic nod. He recently was named a finalist for the America East Man of the year award after receiving the prestigious M Club Dean Smith Award for his work on the track and in the classroom.
Cullenberg set two new personal bests this spring in the 1,500 meters (3 minutes, 54.56 seconds) and 5,000 meters (14:25.06) at the Holy Cross Invite and Penn Relays, respectively. He won the 5K with a time of 14:29.42.
This is the second time this season that this duo has been paired together, as both Adams and Cullenberg were indoor track and field all-academic team award winners.
Ruginski wins national title
DELAWARE, Ohio — University of Southern Maine junior Jamie Ruginski became a two-time national champion Saturday, winning the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.
In fourth place after the opening round of three jumps with a mark of 48 feet, 4½ inches, Ruginski moved into the lead on his school record mark of 49-7¾ on his fifth of six attempts.
He broke his previous record mark of 48-5¼ set in April.
Ruginski swept the NCAA Division III triple jump titles for 2013-14 by winning the indoor title in March to be a two-time national champion.
He also earned All-America honors in the long jump at the nationals, finishing second with a school-record jump of 24-0¼.