LEWISBURG, Pa. – For the second consecutive year, Bucknell junior Christine Bendzinski has earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Team, announced by the organization on Thursday. Bendzinski now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America recognition, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key reserve on his/her team.
Bendzinski becomes the seventh Bison and the first since Caroline Tolli (2011-13) to earn the citation in consecutive years. A cell biology and biochemistry major, the junior is the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, joining Tolli (2012) and Julie Sweitzer (1999) as the only Bison to earn the recognition during both campaigns. Bendzinski is a six-time Academic All-Patriot League selection, earning the citation every season since becoming eligible her sophomore year.
As a competitor, Bendzinski was a key member of Bucknell's 2016-17 success, helping the Bison capture their seventh Triple Crown and their first since 2010. Bendzinski became the fourth runner in Bucknell history to win the individual race at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships and the first since Leanna Nastase in 2006. During the indoor season, she helped a 4x800-meter relay team earn gold, while also winning an individual title in the mile and placing second in the 1,000m.
This outdoor campaign, Bendzinski earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as a member of a 4x800m relay team, while receiving all-league accolades in the 1,500m. The junior is a two-time NCAA East Regional qualifier in the 1,500m race.
Division I Academic All-America winners will be announced on Friday, June 23rd.