Last fall Chandler became the first
Bucknell cross-country athlete to
earn All-Region honors at the Mid-Atlantic championships since Leanna
Sarah Chandler ’ 17 likes to stay busy, so much so that the cross-country and track and field star views juggling a year-round athletic slate as a destressor from a challenging academic workload. The double major in psychology and economics manages to
balance it all with ease.
A Good Run
Record-setting Academic All-American glides into her senior season.
By William Bowman
Sarah Chandler ’ 17 strides out
in the 4x800 relay at league
championships this spring.
Nastase ’07 in 2006. The achievement
is even more impressive considering
the high-school soccer and track and
field star hadn’t competed in cross-
country before arriving at Bucknell.
Heading into her final year of
collegiate competition, Chandler
owns two program records in track —
for the 1,000 meters (2:46.21) and as
part of the 4x800 relay team (8:53.53).
Among her other peak performances
are a third all-time program mark in
the 1,500 meters (4: 28.02) and fifth
all-time best in the mile (4:55.67).
The All-Academic athlete balances
her double major and three varsity
sports with volunteering for Colleges
Against Cancer, a student-run
organization associated with the
American Cancer Society, which aims
to spread awareness of cancer and its
effects through on- and off-campus
events, including Relay For Life.
The Pennington, N.J., native first
became involved in high school with
Relay for Life, a global cancer fundraiser
that has raised more than $5 billion for
cancer research since 1985.
“It’s a great organization, a great
cause and a flexible enough organization
to allow me to help when I can,” she says.
Chandler spent this summer
volunteering in her hometown, helping
municipal leaders take an environmental
inventory of the community. Chandler
may pursue economic geography after
graduation next spring. “It’s something
I care about,” she says.
As she moves through her final fall
season, Chandler sums up her Bucknell
experience: “There’s not a lot of free
time. But I’ve enjoyed every part of my
time here, as demanding as it can be.”