Cross country honored for academic achievements by USTFCCCA

Burne earned America East Scholar-Athlete honors earlier this month

Feb. 26, 2013

New Orleans, La. – Both the Stony Brook men’s and women’s cross country programs earned All-Academic status for the sixth consecutive year, and Olivia Burne and Eric Speakman picked up individual All-Academic accolades, the USTFCCCA announced this week.

To be eligible for the team honor, the program must have a cumulative team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship. A total of 145 institutions garnered All-Academic honors as a men’s team, while 200 women’s program qualified for recognition. The Seawolves swept the 2012 America East Cross Country Championships in 2012 and crowned an individual champion in Speakman.

Speakman and Burne were each named to the All-Academic men’s and women’s teams, respectively, by the USTFCCCA. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012. 

Earlier this month, Burne and Speakman nabbed America East Scholar-Athletes for cross country. Burne, a journalism major, marked the fifth-straight Seawolf to receive the distinction. She finished first on the team and fourth overall in the conference championship race as Stony Brook won its sixth-consecutive conference title. A two-time all-America East selection, Burne finished in the top-25 at the NCAA Northeast meet to earn a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Region team. She holds a 3.94 GPA, has been named to the America East All-Academic squad three times, its Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times and the SBU Dean’s List five times.

Speakman, who has won two America East Scholar-Athlete awards, clocked in at 25:11.43 in a first-place individual finish at the America East Cross Country Championship race in 2012. He is a two-time all-conference selection and finished 20th in the NCAA Northeast Regional en route to USTFCCCA all-region recognition for the second-straight year. The business management and economics double major has a 3.86 GPA. Speakman, a native of Napier, New Zealand, has been named to the America East’s All-Academic team twice, is a three-time America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree and has made Stony Brook’s Dean’s List in five semesters.