Setting the Scene
NCAA East Preliminary Meet
When: May 24-26
Where: USF Track & Field Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
Bucknell Qualifiers: Christine Bendzinski, Colleen Buckley, Maura Fiamoncini
Note: Top 12 in each event advance to NCAA Championships

Christine Bendzinski, Senior
1,500m (Thursday, 2 p.m.), 5,000m (Saturday, 8:45 p.m.)
Seed: 1,500m (9th – 4:16.54), 5,000m (23rd – 16:17.66)
Career-Best Times: 1,500m (4:16.54, 2018 Bison Outdoor Classic), 5,000m (16:17.66, 2018 Raleigh Relays)
Notes: Bendzinski will make her third straight appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet … has qualified in the 800m, 1,500m, and 5,000m during her career but has only competed in the 1,500m … finished 35th in the 1,500m last year as a junior and was 27th in the event as a sophomore … owns the school and Christy Mathewson track records in the 1,500m … won the Patriot League title in the event by more than two seconds.

Colleen Buckley, Junior
10,000m (Thursday, 9:40 p.m.)
Seed: 36th – 34:53.59
Career-Best: 34:53.59, 2018 Raleigh Relays
Notes: Buckley will make her second straight appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet … she competed in the 5k as a sophomore and finished 42nd … has won the Patriot League title in the 10k in each of the last two seasons … owns the second-fastest time in the 10k in school history.

Maura Fiamoncini, Freshman
Javelin (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.)
Seed: 1st – 184-5
Career-Best: 184-5, Susquehanna’s 2018 Jim Taylor Invitational
Notes: Owns the best throw in the East Region and the third-best in the nation this season … best throw by any freshman or sophomore in the nation this season … her worst meet of the season, which was still good enough to win the Patriot League title by more than 26 feet, would still rank 10th in the East Region … competed in six events this year and her best throw at each event would have easily broken the previous school record.

Last Bucknell woman to qualify for NCAA Championships: Laura Rycek (Javelin), 2011
Last to qualify in 1,500m: None
Last to qualify in 5,000m: None
Last to qualify in 10,000m: None