LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell junior Christine Bendzinski was named Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced by the league office on Tuesday. Joining her on the Academic All-Patriot League Team was sophomore Colleen Buckley.
Bendzinski became the sixth Bison in school history to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition for the outdoor season. She is also the third Bucknell student-athlete to receive the honor in the same indoor and outdoor season, joining Julie Sweitzer (1999) and Caroline Tolli (2012).
A cell biology and biochemistry major, Bendzinski has earned her sixth Academic All-Patriot League citation. A three-year Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member, Bendzinski has made the Academic All-Patriot League squad every season since becoming eligible her sophomore year. The junior was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team last spring.
Bendzinski helped the Bison to their third consecutive outdoor title and their first Triple Crown since 2010. She earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as a member of a 4x800-meter relay team, helping the squad to a first-place finish with the second-fastest time in school annals. Bendzinski also received all-league accolades in the 1,500m, finishing second in the race.
Buckley lands a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the first time in her career. An animal behavior major, the sophomore is a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member.
Buckley was an important cog in helping the Bison capture their seventh Triple Crown in school history. She earned First Team All-Patriot League recognition in the 10,000m, while earning all-league honors in the 5,000m. At the Bison Outdoor Classic, she broke the school record in the 5,000m with a time of 16:29.83. Over the weekend, she earned her first outdoor All-East citation, finishing seventh in the 10,000m.
Bendzinski, Buckley, and the rest of the Bucknell women's track and field team await an individual bid to the NCAA East Preliminary Meet, scheduled for May 26-28 at the University of Kentucky.
Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete
Christine Bendzinski, Bucknell, (Jr.)
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League Team
Cassie Mundekis, Army West Point (So.)
Madeleine Schneider, Army West Point (So.)
Christie Molloy, Boston University (Sr.)
Christine Bendzinski, Bucknell (Jr.)
Colleen Buckley, Bucknell (So.)
Hannah Jeter, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Zoe Matherne, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Courtney Avery, Lehigh (Sr.)
Christa Sidoti, Loyola Maryland (So.)
Lily Brose, Navy (Sr.)