Olivia Burne was named the 2014 America East Woman of the Year Tuesday.-ever America East Man of the Year award Tuesday.
Olivia Burne was named the 2014 America East Woman of the Year Tuesday.-ever America East Man of the Year award Tuesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Stony Brook's Burne Named America East Woman of the Year

Release: 06/03/2014
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. —  Stony Brook University cross country and track and field standout Olivia Burne received the 2014 America East Woman of the Year award Tuesday evening at the conference’s annual awards dinner on Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, N.H. 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, service and leadership.

The conference’s Senior Woman Administrators narrowed the pool of nine institutional Woman of the Year nominees down to three finalists on May 21, and chose Burne as the conference winner. The other finalists were University of Maine soccer student-athlete Lisa Bijman and University of Vermont cross country and track and field student-athlete Kristen Weberg.

To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season, received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

Burne will now be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee to be considered for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. 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 CWA will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.

A Stony Brook graduate, Burne excelled in all facets of college life embodying the conference’s three pillars of the complete student-athlete. In the classroom, she earned a 3.84 GPA in journalism earning her numerous academic accolades. Burne has been named an America East Scholar-Athlete three times (2013, 14 Cross Country; 2013-14 Indoor Track & Field), received America East All-Academic recognition six times and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

The second Seawolf to earn the honor in the last three years, Burne was a team captain for both Stony Brook cross country and track & field squads this year displaying leadership. She serves as campus president for The Supply, an organization devoted to transforming urban slums.

Athletically, Burne was crowned an America East individual champion three times in 2013-14 (cross country, indoor 1,000-meter run, outdoor 1,500-meter run) and four times in her career. She earned second-team All-America honors in the indoor mile this year, placing 12th overall.

In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the America East Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.

Year-by-Year America East Woman of the Year Honorees
2014 Olivia Burne, Stony Brook (cross country/track & field)
2013 Katie Matthews, Boston University (cross country/track & field)
2012 Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook (cross country/track & field)
2011 Nikki Branchini, Albany (lacrosse)
2010 Emily Pallotta, Boston U. (soccer)
2009 Kristen Millar, Vermont (lacrosse)
2008 Sarah Hudak, Boston U. (field hockey)
2007 Marisa Ryan, Boston U. (cross country/track & field)
2006 Ashlee Reed, Albany (volleyball)

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