CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Senior Paige Kouba and sophomore Courtney Smith, of the Harvard track & field and cross country teams, have earned Academic All-District first team recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as announced on Thursday. Both athletes qualified by virtue of having competed in at least 50% of their team's competitions in a significant role, while maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA.
Kouba, a team captain, holds four school all-time records including the outdoor 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 4x800m relay, and the indoor 1000m. Additionally, she ranks in the top-10 in program history in seven other events. Kouba recently placed first at the Ivy League Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 3000m steeplechase to help Harvard secure the meet title.
Smith, an All-American in indoor track and an NCAA Cross-Country qualifier, is a first team All-Ivy League and a NCAA All-Northeast Region selection. She holds the Harvard and Ivy records in the 10000m, which is the 10th-best time in NCAA history, and program records in the 3000m and 5000m.
Both Kouba and Smith will take their talents to the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, starting July 1.