RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College junior Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Men's Track & Field/Cross-Country third team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Albano is the fourth Academic All-American in the history of Felician athletics. He is the first Golden Falcon cross-country runner to be so honored, and was the only cross-country/track student-athlete from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), male or female, to earn the award in 2012.
A complete list of Felician's Academic All-Americans and Academic All-District honorees can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/information/Ac-A-A.
Albano carries a 3.69 grade-point average majoring in elementary education. He was crowned the CACC Men's Cross-Country Runner of the Year after winning the conference's championship meet on Oct. 23 in Philadelphia. It was his third invitational victory of the season. He was named CACC Runner of the Week six times in 2011, and on Nov. 6, he earned all-region status by placing sixth at the Division II East Regional in Boston.
Albano led Felician to its second consecutive CACC team championship. He is a two-time all-conference selection and has been named the league's Runner of the Week 13 times in his cross-country career. Felician does not offer varsity track & field. Albano is a 2009 graduate of Pequannock Township High.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America Honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA Championship Sports. The entire set of 2012 Capital One Academic All America Division II Men's Track & Field/Cross-Country teams can be viewed at http://cosida.com/media/documents/2012/6/2012_CO_AAA_TrackFieldXC_Team_D2.pdf.