#Seawolves ready for NCAA Regionals Friday

Olivia Burne is the sixth individual champion in Stony Brook women's cross country history

Nov. 14, 2013

Bronx, N.Y. - After racing to a pair of top three finishes at the America East Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, the Stony Brook men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Regional Meet at Van Cortlandt Park Friday.  The 10k men's race will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the 6k women's race will follow at 1 p.m. 

"The goal for both teams is to improve on last year's finish," head coach Andy Ronan said. "If we put together the run I feel we are capable of, then both teams have a chance to finish in the top 10."

The women finished 11th, while the men were 15th out of 40 teams that lined up at the regional meet in 2012. Olivia Burne was 23rd with a season-best 6k time of 20:41.60, and Speakman placed was 20th in the 8k men's race in 30:48. The duo picked up All-Region honors for their performances.

Burne is coming off a brilliant run at the conference championship meet hosted by Binghamton. The senior standout broke the tape and set a course record with a time of 17:30.14 to become the sixth individual women's cross country champion in Seawolves history.  Burne bested the mark previously set by Stony Brook's Leonora Joy during her title-winning race at the America East Championship in 2005.

"I feel Olivia Burne has a very good chance of getting one of the individual NCAA-qualifying spots," Ronan said. "She is running very well. This is actually the best cross country season she has had in a Stony Brook uniform."

Annie Keown was fifth in 17:54.31 and picked up all-conference accolades as Stony Brook finished in the top three for the 12th consecutive year with a second-place result.



Speakman led the men with a sixth-place finish in 25:13.27, while Tyler Frigge was seventh in 25:17.53 to help SB secure third in the men's 8k race. The Seawolves have placed in the top five seven times in the last eight years.

The women's team, which has made three NCAA Championship appearances as a team (2007, 2008, 2010), has been regionally ranked all season and is currently 10th in the USTFCCCA Northeast poll. The men's team recently re-entered the poll at No. 15.

The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nine regions will receive an automatic qualifier into the championship meet. A Division I subcommittee will select 13 additional programs for an at-large bid.

The first four student-athletes not on a qualifying team will automatically clinch a berth into the championship meet providing they finish in the top 25. The committee will select two at-large individuals from the top 25 by identifying the highest non-qualifying individual finishes at the regional meets.

The full field will be announced Monday, Nov. 18 with the NCAA Championships slated for Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon in Terre Haute, Ind.