ORONO, Maine – A senior track and field standout at the University of Maine has been named America East “Man of the Year.”

The inaugural award that goes to a male senior student-athlete who best exemplifies a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics goes to Kelton Cullenberg of Chesterville.

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Cullenberg, who was captain of three UMaine teams, was the first Black Bear male runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 1979 and posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

America East has handed out a “Woman of the Year” award since 2006. But this is the first time that there’s been a similar award given to a male athlete.