Burne wins individual title; #Seawolves race to top three finishes at AE Championships
Nov. 2, 2013
Vestal, N.Y. - Olivia Burne became the sixth individual conference champion in Stony Brook women's cross country history as the #Seawolves finished in the top three for the 12th straight year with a second-place result Saturday at the America East Championship meet hosted by Binghamton. The men finished third.
Burne broke the tape and set a course record in 17:30.14 to join Hayley Green (2011), Lucy Van Dalen (2010), Leonora Joy (2005), Jackie Nunez (2003) and Jenny Payne (2002) on Stony Brook's ledger of individual title-holders. The Seawolves have won the second-most individual crowns in conference history, behind only Boston University (11), and are tops among current member institutions. She topped the time previously set by former Seawolf Joy in her 2005 victory.
"Olivia had a great run," head coach Andy Ronan said. "She did everything correctly throughout the race to put herself in the right position to use her speed at the end to win the title."
Seniors Annie Keown and Lorraine McCarthy were fifth and 13th, respectively, in the 5k race in 17:54.31 and 18:15.05. Freshman Elizabeth Caldwell logged a time of 18:54.48 and took 22nd, while junior Kate Pouder secured 24th in the 81-runner field in 19:02.57.
New Hampshire won the race with 46 points, ending Stony Brook's incredible string of six consecutive America East titles. The streak ranks second in conference history, one shy of Boston University's record of seven (1996-02).
"We are disappointed to have not defended our title, but we got beat by a very good UNH team," Ronan said. "I never really looked at our six wins as a streak. I've always had the perspective that we won a new championship every year. We did not win a new championship this year."
Eric Speakman paced the men with a sixth-place result out of 87 runners in an 8k time of 25:13.27, while Tyler Frigge was right behind him in 25:17.53 for seventh. Junior Alex Kramer took 18th in 25:36.15.
UMBC and Binghamton clinched first and second, respectively, with 58 points and 65 points. Stony Brook tallied 70 points to edge out rival New Hampshire by two points and finish in the top five for the seventh time in eight years.
"I am very proud of the effort the men put in in defense of our title," Ronan said. "With only 14 points separating the top four teams, it shows the guys gave it everything and just fell a little short in the end."
The Seawolves compete in the NCAA Regional meet Nov. 15 in the Bronx, N.Y.