Burne tabbed America East Woman of the Year

Burne at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she won the 1,000-meters

June 3, 2014

StonyBrook.edu: Burne `14 Speeds Towards Success

Bretton Woods, N.H. – Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook women’s cross country and track and field programs has been named America East Woman of the Year, conference officials announced Tuesday at the Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The honor recognizes the conference’s senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence and leadership on and off the field.

The America East’s Senior Woman Administrators selected Burne, a three-time Scholar-Athlete (cross country, 2013 and 2014 and indoor track, 2014), from a pool of nine women. To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

Burne holds a 3.84 GPA in journalism and served as the campus president for The Supply, an organization dedicated to transforming urban slums.

A team captain for cross country and track and field, she collected an individual conference title in each of the final four America East championship meets of her Stony Brook career. After winning the 1,500-meter run at the 2013 outdoor championships, she went on to claim the 2013 cross country, 2013-14 indoor 1,000-meter and 2014 outdoor 1,500-meter crowns. She is a two-time All-Region performer in cross country (2013 and 2014) and was named a second-team All-American by the USTFCCCA following a trip to the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Championships to compete in the mile. Burne wrapped her stellar career in the 1,500-meter run at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regionals May 30.



She was named USTFCCCA All-Academic in cross country in 2013 and 2014 and placed on the America East All-Academic teams for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track a combined seven times.

Burne is the second Stony Brook woman to receive the honor, joining former teammate Lucy Van Dalen, who was chosen in 2012.  She will be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The 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.