Setting the Scene
What: NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships
When: Friday, Nov. 11 – 12 p.m.
Where: Blue/White Golf Courses (at Penn State) – University Park, Pa.
About the Bison
* Bucknell will be sending Christine Bendzinski, Colleen Buckley, Sarah Chandler, Anna Chiodo-Ortiz, Jenna Farmer, Grace Loh, Christine O’Kane, Kate Scott, Elizabeth Sheprow and Margaret Thomson to the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
>> The Bison return to competition after capturing their second straight Patriot League title at Lafayette’s Metzgar Athletic Fields Complex.
>> Bucknell put together one of the most dominant team performances in Patriot League history, claiming the top four spots in the individual standings, the first team in league history to do so.
>> Bendzinski won the race, becoming the fourth runner to win the Patriot League individual race in Bucknell history and the first since Leanna Nastase in 2006.
>> Scott was the runner-up in the race for the second consecutive season, while Chandler placed third and Buckley came in fourth, respectively, giving Bucknell four First Team All-Patriot League honorees.
>> Sheprow finished 13th, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors, followed by Chiodo-Ortiz (16th) and Thomson (17th), respectively, and Farmer (20th).
>> The Bison had an opportunity to run on the course at the Penn State Nationals. Bucknell finished ninth in a loaded field of 19 teams, which featured several nationally ranked opponents.
>> Bendzinski finished 17th in a field of 224 runners, earning Patriot League Female Runner of the Week honors. Scott finished 21st, while Chandler took 37th.
>> Bucknell finished eighth of 30 teams at last season’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Princeton. Chandler finished 24th out of 200 runners, becoming the first Bucknell runner since Leanna Nastase in 2006 to earn All-Region honors.
>> The Bison will compete against Patriot League institutions American, Lehigh, Loyola and Navy.
>> There will be several nationally ranked teams in the field, including No. 9 Penn State, No. 21 Villanova, No. 24 Penn and No. 27 West Virginia.