December 5, 2012

Landmark Honors Couraud for Athletic, Academic Successes

Three-Time All-Landmark Runner with 3.77 Cumulative GPA

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher's Hadley Couraud (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) today was named the 2012 Senior Scholar Athlete in the Landmark Conference for the sport of women's cross country.

A committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletic directors and sports information directors selected the recipients of the award, choosing one senior from each of the six fall sports sponsored by the conference. Honorees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and are selected based on their accomplishments in athletics and academics.

In three of her four seasons at Goucher, Couraud earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors based on her performances at the cpnference's annual championship meet. As a freshman, she wound up in 11th place at the Landmark meet before going on to finish the 2009 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in 23:31.2, which is the 10th-fastest time for a 6,000-meter race in the history of the school's women's cross country program.

The two-time team captain placed 13th at the Landmark championship meet in 2010 as a sophomore and 12th last year as a junior.

Couraud has also excelled in the classroom and boasts a 3.77 cumulative GPA while majoring in biology with a minor in peace studies.

She was the recipient last spring of the institution's Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented annually to a junior based on academic achievement and participation in athletics and extracurricular activities, and the Marquez Prize for work on environmental issues at Goucher. In 2011, she was presented the Renie Amoss Memorial Prize, which is granted annually to a Goucher student who has established an outstanding academic record and also participated in more than one aspect of co-curricular student life at the school.

Couraud, who was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society, in May, is serving on the Goucher Leadership Council for a second consecutive year, plus she was president of the environmental club Earthworks and a representative on the Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee in 2010 and 2011.