Burne impresses at Colonial Relays

Olivia Burne placed fifth in the women's 1500 at the Colonial Relays

April 5, 2013


Williamsburg, Va. - Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook track and field team nabbed fifth in the women's 1500-meter Friday night at the 48th Annual Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. 

Burne, who hails from Palmerston North, New Zealand, clocked in at 4:25.37 to edge Richmond's Stephanie Paradis, who took sixth in 4:25.89. The top eight finishers earned points for their performances.

The Colonial Relays is a three-day event and features student-athletes from 40 colleges and universities as well as a dozen professional clubs and 23 high schools. The meet began Thursday and concludes Saturday. Burne was the lone participant from Stony Brook.

The junior Seawolf has been enjoying a strong 2012-13 on the track and in the classroom. In the fall, she helped the SBU cross country team to its sixth consecutive America East title and was later named the America East' Scholar-Athlete. She also garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in cross country.

At the America East Indoor Championships, Burne took third and hit an ECAC qualifier in the mile run and contributed to the distance medley relay team that claimed second in an ECAC qualifying time of 11:57.79. Conference officials announced she was selected to the All-Academic squad last month.

Burne and the men's and women's track and field teams next compete in the Brown Invitational Saturday, April 13 in Providence, R.I.