Burne a finalist for America East Woman of the Year

Burne won four individual America East titles during her stellar career, including the 2013 cross country championship

May 21, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. - Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook women's cross country and track and field teams has been named a finalist for America East Woman of the Year, conference officials announced Wednesday.

Burne embodies the America East's three pillars of the complete student-athlete: academic achievement, athletic excellence and leadership on and off the field. The team captain for both cross country and track and field holds a 3.84 grade-point average in journalism and claimed an individual conference title in each of the final four America East championship meets of her collegiate career. Following a win in the 1,500-meters at the 2013 America East Outdoor Championships, she secured crowns in cross country (2013), the indoor 1,000-meters (2013-14) and the outdoor 1,500-meters (2014).

An All-Region honoree in cross country for the second season in a row, Burne capped her stellar 2013-14 indoor track season with a trip to the NCAA Championships to compete in the mile, where she was named a USTFCCCA second-team All-American for her performance.

Burne has been named America East Scholar-Athlete three times (cross country, 2013 and 2014 and indoor track, 2014) and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in cross country for the second consecutive year. The Palmerston North, New Zealand native placed on the America East All-Academic teams for cross country and indoor track.

She posted a personal-record time of 4:19.58 in the 1,500-meters May 13 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier and now awaits a bid to the NCAA Regionals May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla. The field will be announced Thursday.  

To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received an undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale). Winners will be announced at the conference's Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 3.



The America East Woman of the Year will then be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.