LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell track and field head coach Kevin Donner has been named the Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, announced by the organization on Monday.
“I am very honored to receive such a prestigious award, especially since it was voted by my peers,” said Donner. “It would not have been possible without my great assistant coaches and the leadership within the women’s team. It was as good as ever, which led to a great team dynamic.”
Donner guided the Bucknell women’s track and field team to its second-straight Patriot League outdoor title and sixth in the last eight years. The Bison ran away with the championship, defeating second-place Boston University by 40 ½ points. Bucknell finished with four individual champions at the meet, including Sarah Chandler (1,500m), Kate Scott (10,000), Jen Silvestri (400 hurdles) and Sophia Nnadi (hammer).
The Bison women also set team records at the ECAC Championships. Under the direction of Donner, the squad finished a program-best third-place at the meet, scoring a team-record 38 points. Bucknell earned a program-high eight All-East selections, including Scott (10,000m) and Christine Bendzinski (1,500m), who joined Melanie Buczko (pole vault, 2004) as the only Bison to win an individual title at the meet.
The Patriot League Coach of the Year, Donner had three athletes (Bendzinski, Scott, Dayna Simone) qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet. As a team, Bucknell set school records in five events, including the 200, 400, 1,500 and 5,000-meter races along with the 400m hurdles.