Sarah Bella Receives Senior Athletic Award at Bucknell
May 1, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Sarah Bella (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), a member of the Bison women's track and field team, received a special award at the University's annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Bison Club and held at the Elaine Langone Center on Tuesday, May 1.
Bella won the Bison Club Award, presented to senior athletes "who best exemplify the winning spirit of the University's athletic program." Bella shared the award with Ted Heitzman of the men's track and field team, who was the male selection.
In addition to Bella, several other student-athletes were honored at the banquet, including the winners of the Christy Mathewson Award, given to the most outstanding athletes in the senior class.
A four-time Patriot League champion who appears on four program top-10 lists, Bella was named the Rookie of the Meet at the 2009 Patriot League Outdoor Championships after winning both the shot put and discus events. She finished second in the shot put and seventh in the discus the following year before taking the 2011 outdoor campaign off to focus on academics.
Bella, who has been part of four Bison team Patriot League titles, has also excelled in the shot put indoors, winning the Patriot League title in the event in both 2011 and 2012. Those victories followed a second-place showing as a sophomore and a fourth-place finish as a freshman.
Bella enters this coming weekend's Patriot League Championships listed second in school history in the shot put both indoors and outdoors, fifth in the weight throw and No. 10 in the discus.
A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and the Bucknell Dean's List, Bella is a two-time member of the Academic All-Patriot League Team for indoor track and field.
Bucknell is a highly selective, privately endowed liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. Bucknell competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the Patriot League and has full membership along with American, Army, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. Bucknell has won the Presidents' Cup, signifying the Patriot League's all-sports champion, in 17 of 21 years, including 13 of the last 14.