Burnes Becomes First Beacon To Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Burnes Becomes First Beacon To Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

BOSTON, Mass.—After putting together a fantastic sophomore season, UMass Boston sophomore Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) became the first track & field athlete in program history to earn All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). 

To earn All-Academic status, Burnes had to post a grade-point average of at least 3.30 during the school year and compete in at least one National Championship Meet. Burnes was one of just four female student-athletes in the Little East Conference to earn USTFCCA All-Academic status and one of nine total LEC athletes.

Burnes helped UMass Boston win a pair of National Championships during the 2017-18 school year. She played a key part at the Outdoor National Championship Meet by competing on the 4x100M and 4x400M relay teams. 

The 4x100M team earned a third-place finish by running a blazing-fast 46.98 time. In the final race of the meet, the 4x400M team clinched a share of the National Title by finishing in eight-place with a time of 3:49.90.