Couraud Places 11th at Landmark Championship

Couraud Places 11th at Landmark Championship

First Goucher Female to Make All-Conference Since Coles in 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Had Goucher's Hadley Couraud (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) finished today's race in the same time she did when she ran earlier this month on the same 6,000-meter course on the campus of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home, she would have placed 22nd. Instead, she lowered her time by more than :48, which was good for 11th place overall at the 2009 Landmark Conference Championship.

Couraud crossed the finish line today in 25:39.05, which is the 49th fastest time in the history of Goucher's women's cross country program for a race of that distance, and earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors with her 11th-place performance. She is the first female runner from Goucher to make all-conference as a freshman since Fraley Coles in 2004 when the school still belonged to the Capital Athletic Conference.

Casey Hess from Susquehanna, who was runner-up at last year's Landmark Conference meet, was the individual champion this year. Her winning time was 23:34.98.

The next runners from Goucher to come in after Couraud were senior Katie Shaw (Albuquerque, N.M./Bosque School) in 32nd place and junior Hannah Southworth (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) in 42nd. Shaw was clocked at 27:23.83 and Southworth at 28:15.89. Senior Kate Young (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and freshman Haley Augustson (Athens, W.Va./PikeView) followed in 61st and 62nd places, respectively, with Young completing the race in 29:42.60 and Augustson in 29:49.10.

Scranton won its first Landmark title in the sport of women's cross country today with a team score of 41 points. The runner-up, seven points behind, was Susquehanna, and Juniata placed third with 82 points. Goucher finished in sixth place with a team score of 161 points.