RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College senior Rob Albano (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Men's Cross-Country/Track & Field second team, as coordinated and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Albano becomes the first student-athlete in the 17-year history of the Felician athletics program to be named an Academic All-American twice. He was a third team selection in 2012.
Albano is the Golden Falcons' fourth Academic All-American in the 2012-13 academic year, a school record. 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.
In the 2012 cross-country season, Albano won all four regular-season races that he finished. He then captured his second consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Runner of the Year award by finishing first in the league championship meet on Oct. 21 in Philadelphia. Albano capped his career with a seventh-place result at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship.
A 2009 graduate of Pequannock Township High, Albano owns the five fastest 8,000-meter times in Felician history. He is the CACC's only male two-time Runner of the Year, and the first Felician runner to earn all-region honors twice. He also owns a 3.76 grade-point average while majoring in elementary education. In May, Albano was chosen as Felician's Male Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.
Felician does not sponsor varsity intercollegiate track & field.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 19,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The entire set of 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men's Cross-Country/Track & Field teams can be viewed at http://cosida.com/media/documents/2013/6/2013AAATrackTeamD21.pdf (page 8).