BOSTON - A total of nine University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to an America East All-Academic Team for the conference's 10 spring sports, the conference announced Wednesday. Sophomore Catherine Parker (Westfield, Mass.) earned her second All-Academic Team selection of the 2005-06 season with her inclusion on the Women's Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team; she was also a Women's Cross Country honoree in the fall.
Eight of the UNH honorees are members of the outdoor track and field team as four men and four women were feted; in addition, Katie Leland (Timoium, Md.) was named to the Women's Lacrosse All-Academic Team. Senior Amanda Cmielewski (Englishtown, N.J.) was joined on the Women's Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team by juniors Emily Mareb (Great Barrington, Mass.) and Erin Moore (Nashua, N.H.) as well as Parker. The Men's Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team included UNH seniors David Benedetto (Alton, N.H.), and Andrew Van Hoogenstyn (Scarborough, Maine) as well as sophomores Ben Danton (New Milford, Conn.) and Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.).
Leland finished the 2006 season with 53 goals and 29 assists for 82 points to rank 12th in the nation in points per game as well as 20th in assists per game and 22nd in goals per game, and those numbers ranked second in America East in both goals and points as well as fifth in assists.
Cmielewski's season highlights included a second-place finish in the javelin as well as fifth place in the hammer throw at the America East Championship meet. Mareb took first place in the 10,000-meter run at the New England Championship and finished third in the 5,000m at the conference championship.
Moore competed at an NCAA Regional and placed 25th in the shot put, an event she won at the America East Championship meet. She also took third place in the discus at the conference tournament and went on to the New England Championship, where she finished sixth in the shot put and seventh in the hammer.
Parker broke the conference record with her winning time in the 3,000m steeplechase at the America East Championship. She also took second place in that event at the New England Championship as well as 15th at the NCAA Regional.
Benedetto earned third place in both the 110m and 400m hurdles at the America East Championship, and he also placed third in the 400m hurdles at New Englands. Van Hoogenstyn was featured in the long-distance races, in which he took third place in the 10,000m and sixth place in the 5,000m at the conference championship meet.
Danton was third in the 1,500m at the America East Championship and placed just behind Van Hoogenstyn in the 5,000m at eighth-place. Russell was the America East champion in the 3,000m steeplechase and repeated as winner at the New England Championship.