LEWISBURG, Pa. – Christine Bendzinski was named Patriot League M-F Athlete Female Runner of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday, following a strong showing at the Penn State Nationals at Penn State’s Blue/White Golf Courses, the site of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Bendzinski finished 16th in a field of 223 runner to lead the women’s cross country team to a ninth-place finish in a loaded field of 19 teams, completing the 6k course in 20:48.

Bucknell competed against several nationally and regionally ranked teams, including No. 9 Penn State, No. 16 Ole Miss and No. 18 Oklahoma State. The Bison tallied a score of 223, finishing ahead of ACC programs Pittsburgh, the eighth ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Virginia Tech, the fourth ranked team in the Southeast region, while finishing in front of Patriot League foe Lehigh.

Bucknell, ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region, will defend its Patriot League title Oct. 29 at the Patriot League Championships, hosted by Lafayette.