May 14, 2014
FRISCO – Nora-Beth Saunders has been an exemplary student athlete in her time with the Lamar women’s cross country and track and field teams, and on Wednesday, the Southland Conference awarded her the F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship.
“I’m really happy and really proud to receive this kind of recognition from the conference,” Saunders said. “I’ve been at Lamar for five years, and this is a pretty good way to leave on a high note. I’ve put in a lot of work both on and away from the track over the years, and to earn this award means a lot to me.”
Saunders will graduate later this week with a 4.0 grade point average and a degree in chemical engineering. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native made dean’s list and president’s list every semester that she’s studied at Lamar, and she has plans of matriculating to medical school at the University of Toronto, McGill University or Baylor College of Medicine.
Athletically, Saunders trained with LU’s Southland-winning cross country team this past fall, and scored in the 5,000 meter run at the 2013 Southland Indoor Championships. She finished in the top 10 in 14 career races while wearing the red and white.
“Nora’s spent her time here very wisely,” LU head coach Trey Clark said. “She takes her academics very seriously, and this is definitely something to be proud of. She’s also been a part of a championship program here, so she’s kind of had the best of both worlds as a student-athlete.”
The award, named for former Lamar University president Dr. F.L. McDonald, who is considered a founding father of the Southland Conference, was established in 1996-97. In order for a student-athlete to qualify, he or she must be a graduating senior with plans of attending graduate school in the near future.
Saunders will be presented with the award at the Southland Honors Ceremony on May 20 at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, Texas.