Bernasconi Named CUNYAC/HSS Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Lehman College junior Allie Bernasconi has been named the CUNY Athletic Conference/Hospital for Special Surgery Scholar-Athlete of the Month, for March, 2015.

Bernasconi of the women’s indoor track and field program, made a name for herself nationally while maintaining a strong GPA in Lehman’s Sociology program.

“It’s definitely a good experience because I’ve gotten a lot out of it,” said Bernasconi about her education at Lehman. “To be a part of…the team at Lehman, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

On the track, the junior was perhaps one of CUNYAC’s most successful athletes in the winter season. On March 14, Bernasconi won the National Championship in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Championships, held in Winston-Salem, NC. The All-American ran a blistering 55.74 seconds, almost a second and a half faster than her nearest competitor.

On March 1, at the CUNY Athletic Conference Championships, she won gold in the 400-meters, with the second fastest time in CUNYAC Championships history, 56.85 seconds. Bernasconi then took third place in the 800 meters in 2:40.70. She was voted the CUNYAC Performer of the Year by the head coaches in the league.

The track star actually took a three-year hiatus from competitive running because she wanted to focus on school. “It’s always been a hidden passion of mine,” said Bernasconi. “I ended up joining the team [at Lehman] and I’m really glad that I came here and did that because I missed it.”

After graduating Bernasconi, a junior, aspires to become a special education teacher. While majoring in Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Education, she has maintained an impressive 3.55 GPA.

“I’m really attracted to the New York City because I want to become a teacher and work here,” she said. Lehman has a lot of opportunities with internships, so that’s why I chose to come here.”