Burne, Speakman lead at NCAA Regionals

Sophomore Eric Speakman

Nov. 9, 2012

Madison, Conn. - Junior Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) were Stony Brook's top finishers at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Connecticut on Friday.

Burne placed 23rd as the women's team took 11th out of 37 schools. Burne's time of 20:41.6 was her best 6K time this season.

Other athletes who scored for the Seawolves were freshman Cleo Boyd (Kingston, Ontario) who took 57th in a time of 21:19.4, freshman Christina Melian (Staten Island, N.Y.) who placed 61st (21:21.5) and junior Lorraine McCarthy (Waterford, Ireland) who crossed in 65th (21:23.6).

"Our goal with the women's team is to finish in the top 10 every year," coach Andy Ronan said. "We didn't accomplish that today despite good runs from Olivia, Cleo and Christina. Some of the upperclassmen struggled, but overall, it has been a good season."

Speakman ran the 10K race in 30:48. Junior Carlos Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) finished 72nd (31:55.2) and freshman Mitchell Kun (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 80th (32:04.8).

"The men had their highest finish in a few years, despite the fact that some of the top five struggled," Ronan said. We had a chance for a top-10 finish, but it just didn't happen. But it has been the most successful season for the program gaining its first conference title."

Burne and Speakman earned All-Region honors for their top-25 finishes.