Burne named America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Olivia Burne '14 graduated as one of the most decorated performers in Stony Brook cross country/track and field history

July 24, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. - Olivia Burne '14 of the Stony Brook women's cross country and track and field teams is not done adding to her list of collegiate accolades. The Palmerston North, New Zealand product has been named the 2013-14 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, conference officials announced Thursday afternoon.

Burne became the first performer to be named America East Scholar-Athlete three times in one athletic year since 2006-07 by receiving the recognition in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. She was the second Seawolf to be dubbed America East Woman of the Year, joining former teammate and fellow-New Zealand native Lucy Van Dalen '12 (2012).

Burne, who graduated with a 3.84 in journalism, claimed an individual conference title in each of the final four championship meets of her Stony Brook career. After taking the 1,500-meter run at the 2013 outdoor championships, she went on to win the 2013 cross country, 2014 indoor 1,000-meter and 2014 1,500-meter crowns. A two-time All-Region honoree in cross country (2013 and '14), Burne garnered second-team All-America status in the mile at the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

A team captain for cross country and track and field, Burne was named to an America East All-Academic Team seven times throughout her collegiate career and earned a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in 2013 and `14. She served as the campus president for The Supply, an organization dedicated to transforming urban slums.

Burne is the fourth Seawolf to be tabbed America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year and third in the last three years. Jenny Payne `03 was the first in 2002-03, and Van Dalen and Tyler Johnson '12 received the honor in 2011-12.