LEWISBURG, Pa. – For the second consecutive season, senior Sophia Nnadi has been named Corvias Patriot League Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced by the league on Monday. Joining her on the 2016 Academic All-Patriot Team was sophomore Christine Bendzinski and senior Jess Bridle.
A student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport to be nominated for the Academic All-Patriot League Team. For track and field, a starter or key player is defined as someone who competed at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships.
Nnadi, an International Relations and French major, has now received Academic All-Patriot League accolades for the third time in her career. In addition to her two Scholar-Athlete of the Year citations, she earned a spot on the Academic All-PL squad during the indoor season.
Nnadi, one of the program’s most accomplished throwers, was a big reason Bucknell was able to bring home its second straight Patriot League outdoor title and its sixth in the last eight years. Nnadi reached the podium in all three events that she competed in. The senior won the gold in the hammer, while placing second in the shot put and third in the discus.
Bendzinski earns her third Academic All-Patriot League citation, all coming during the 2015-16 academic year. The sophomore was selected to the Academic All-PL team during the cross country and indoor track and field seasons. A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in both cross country and track and field, Bendzinski holds a 3.73 GPA while majoring in cell biology and biochemistry.
Bendzinski continues to add to her already impressive resume in her two years at Bucknell. Bendzinski helped the Bison capture the Patriot League outdoor title, finishing second in the 1,500-meter run while helping the 4x800 relay squad to a second-place finish. Over the weekend, Bendzinski became one of just three Bison to win an individual title at the ECAC Championships, placing first in the 1,500-meter race. The school record holder in the event, Bendzinski is a lock to qualify for the NCAA East Regional, as she currently holds the 13th-fastest time in the region.
Bridle landed a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League team for the first time in her career thanks to a great year in the classroom and on the track. She posted a 3.58 GPA while majoring in English and Creative Writing and is set to make the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Bridle had one of the greatest senior seasons in Bucknell track and field history. This outdoor season, she broke school records in the 200 (24.77) and 400-meter (54.67) runs. She earned a pair of silver medals at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in the 200 and 400 events, while helping the 4x100 relay squad to a third-place finish. During the indoor season, she set school records in the 60 (7.74), 200 (24.37), 300 (39.75) and 400-meter (55.33) runs while earning All-Patriot League honors in the 200 and 4x400 relay events.
The NCAA East Regional will be held in Jacksonville, Florida on May 26-28.