Burne, #Seawolves honored by USTFCCCA for academic excellence

Seniors Annie Keown and Olivia Burne embrace at the conference championship meet, where Burne won the individual title
 
Seniors Annie Keown and Olivia Burne embrace at the conference championship meet, where Burne won the individual title
 
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Feb. 14, 2014

New Orleans, La. – The Stony Brook men’s and women’s cross country teams have garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades for the seventh straight year. Senior standout Olivia Burne collected her second consecutive individual All-Academic nod.

Burne earned America East Scholar-Athlete honors for the second year in a row Thursday. She joins Holly Van Dalen (2008 and 2009) as the second Seawolf to claim the distinction in back-to-back seasons. The Palmerston, New Zealand product holds a 3.84 grade-point average (GPA) in journalism and is a three-time America East All-Academic selection.

Burne became the sixth Seawolf to win an individual America East women's cross country title at the championship meet hosted by Binghamton Nov. 2 when she broke the tape in a course-record time of 17:30.14. At the NCAA Regional Championship, she placed 15th in 20:41.80, a season-best 6k time, and garnered All-Region status for the second consecutive year.  

The women’s team claimed second at the conference championship, marking its 12th consecutive top-three finish, while the men finished third.

For a team to attain All-Academic status, it must have compiled at least a 3.0 GPA. The women average a 3.31, and the men hold a 3.12 team GPA. The Seawolves were one of 146 programs to have both men’s and women’s teams earn the honor.  An individual most hold a 3.25 GPA or greater.