Burne, Melian nab America East All-Academic honors

Burne has totaled seven America East All-Academic selections during her four-year Stony Brook cross country/track and field career

May 27, 2014

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Cambridge, Mass. - Stony Brook women's track and field standouts Olivia Burne and Christina Melian have been named to the America East Outdoor Track All-Academic Team, the conference office announced Tuesday.

A team captain and America East Woman of the Year finalist, Burne is making her second consecutive appearance on the squad in outdoor track. She holds a 3.84 grade-point average (GPA) in journalism, has placed on Dean's List six semesters and is a six-time Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree.

Burne, who hails from Palmerston North, New Zealand, defended her America East title in the 1,500-meters May 4, giving her a conference crown in each of the final four meets of her collegiate career (2013 outdoor 1,500-meters, 2014 cross country, 2013 indoor 1,000-meters, 2014 outdoor 1,500-meters). The senior hit four ECAC qualifiers in the 1,500-meter run during the 2014 season, including the personal-record mark of 4:19.58 that punched her ticket to the NCAA Regional Championships. She begins competition Thursday.

Burne was also tabbed All-Academic in cross country and indoor track in 2013-14 and has collected the accolade a total of seven times.  

Melian, a sophomore with a 3.89 GPA in health science, is a first-time selection to the All-Academic team. The Staten Island, N.Y., product has made Dean's List and been named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her first three semesters at Stony Brook.

She tallied a personal-best time of 16:11.88 in the 5,000-meters at the Penn Relays in April to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships. Melian will race in the semifinals Saturday. She previously qualified for the ECACs in the event with a mark of 16:34.35 at the Colonial Relays April 4.

Melian placed third in the 1,500-meters in 4:32.27 at the America East Outdoor Championships.  

The All-Academic teams have ten members for each gender, except in the event of a tie, and are voted on by a committee of Sports Information Directors, Academic Advisors and Faculty Athletic Representatives. Each nominee must have a cumulative 3.30 or better GPA, been a starter or significant reserve this past year and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's meets in 2014.