Burne caps #Seawolves career at NCAA Regionals

Burne leaves Stony Brook a four-time America East champion, an indoor track All-American and a scholar-athlete

May 29, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla. - Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook women's track and field team saw her fantastic #Seawolves tenure end Thursday night at the NCAA Regional Championships. Burne placed seventh in her heat in the 1,500-meter run in 4:25.28.

The top five runners from each heat plus the next four fastest times advanced to the second round Saturday.

"I am disappointed for Olivia," Stony Brook track and field head coach Andy Ronan said. "It is not the way she wanted to finish her career at Stony Brook. But what a career. No one has worked harder or done more for our women's program than Olivia. I know she is going to be successful in everything she does in the future."

Burne excelled in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, collecting an individual title in each of the final four America East Championship meets of her collegiate career. She won the 1,500-meters at the outdoor 2013 and 2014 outdoor championships, the 2013 cross country championship and the 2013-14 indoor 1,000-meters.

She was named second-team USTFCCCA All-America for her performance in the indoor mile at the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Championships.  

More importantly, Burne graduated with a 3.84 grade-point average in journalism May 23. She was tabbed America East Scholar-Athlete for cross country in 2012 and 2013 and indoor track in 2013-14.  The Palmerston North, New Zealand native is a finalist for the America East Woman of the Year honor.

Sophomore Christina Melian competes in the 5,000-meters Saturday.