LEWISBURG, Pa. – With the IC4A/ECAC Championships on the horizon and potential qualification for the NCAA Championships in its sights, the Bucknell track and field team earned a pair of awards on Monday when the conference released its 2014 Academic All-Patriot League team for outdoor track. Senior Emily Waksmunski, who was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year during the indoor season, made her sixth appearance on the squad, while junior Christian Lupica was selected to represent Bucknell on the men’s side.
Waksmunski, who was selected to the Academic All-Patriot League team in both the indoor and outdoor season in all three years of her eligibility, helped the women’s team to a third-place finish at the conference championship meet two weeks ago, running a leg on the fourth-place 4x800m relay team and scoring points with her seventh place finish in the 1500m race. A member of the school record-holding outdoor 4x800 relay, Waksmunski has also raced to an ECAC qualifying time with the 4x800m relay this season.
Academically, she has maintained a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average and has truly excelled in her major, earning a 4.00 mark in her civil engineering classes. A 2013 Capital One Academic All-District selection, she has earned a spot on the Dean’s List in each of her seven semesters at Bucknell and is a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. Most recently, she received Bucknell’s Alvin F. Jackson, Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award as the most outstanding female student-athlete in the class of 2014. Waksmunski also has a plethora of academic accomplishments and awards within her major, including the publication of an article on the development of the GreenPaths Rating System in the Journal of Urban Planning and Development.
On the men’s side, Lupica earned his second selection to the Academic All-Patriot League team, as he was also voted to the squad during the indoor season. A captain of this year’s Bison, Lupica had an outstanding Patriot League Championship meet, garnering Track Athlete of the Meet accolades for his performances. The first team All-Patriot League honoree began his stellar weekend with a win in the 110m hurdles, setting a school and facility record with his time of 13.93. Lupica followed that up with another individual title in the 400m hurdles, becoming the fourth-fastest performer in the event in school history with his time of 52.59, and he also ran a leg on the first-place 4x100m relay, helping to break the school record with a time of 40.91. The junior also competed on the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay at last weekend’s Virginia Challenge, contributing to school records in both events. A Bucknell University Dean’s List student and a two-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, he has qualified for IC4As in the 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
The track and field team is still in the throes of the championship season, and the Bison will travel to Princeton, New Jersey on Friday to compete in the ECAC and IC4A Championships from May 16 to 18.
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: John Pope, American (Gr.)
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Allison Barwise, Boston University (Gr.)
MEN'S ACADEMIC ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
John Pope, American (Gr.)
Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Kendall Ward, Army (Sr.)
David Lagerberg, Boston University (So.)
Christian Lupica, Bucknell (Jr.)
Juannell Riley, Lafayette (Jr.)
Benjamin Beauchamp, Lehigh (Jr.)
Ryan Knouse, Lehigh (Sr.)
Brett Bogaard, Navy (Sr.)
Thomas Buffone, Navy (Jr.)
WOMEN'S ACADEMIC ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
Julia Sullivan, American (Sr.)
Lindsay Gabow, Army (So.)
Allison Barwise, Boston University (Gr.)
Nikko Brady, Boston University (Gr.)
Michelle Sumner, Boston University (So.)
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Rachel Pena, Lafayette (Sr.)
Marissa Buccellato, Loyola (Sr.)
Emily Jensen, Navy (Jr.)