Moynihan athlete-scholarship: Lecourse sets the pace, in class | Sports

Haverhill senior Brynne LeCours believes in theory.

The theory is that, in general, dedicated cross country runners – and good ones in particular – make good students.

LeCours, who is our student-athlete of the month in Moynihan in October, can certainly defend himself.

She’s typically been the Hillies’ No. 2 cross-country runner for three years and she’s also a proficient runner on the track, with a record time of 5:35.

In the classroom, there is little better than LeCours. She has an unweighted GPA of 3.88 and is ranked 10th in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Business Honor Society, and the Foreign Language Honor Society.

And this despite a heavy dose of college courses in Northern Essex over the past two years. She’s taking two this semester, which gives her a total of seven.

“When I go to college, I’ll be entering second year,” said LeCours. “It’s a huge advantage, especially financially.

A runner since third year, when she competed for the Bradford Huskies, LeCours has no doubt that there is a connection between long-distance running and schooling.

“I think they go hand in hand,” said LeCours. “A lot of running has to do with pace and you have to adapt to your studies to be successful. You need to know when to really buckle up. I know a lot of runners who are good students.

One of them knows LeCours extremely well. It was his sister Ariann, who is a freshman at Westfield State, started running at the same time as Brynne and graduated last year 11th in her class.

“I was inspired by my sister,” said Brynne, “She took classes in college and wanted to do the same. I wanted the challenge.

Although she is undecided about college, Brynne plans to major in exercise science and, like Ariann, to run in college. For the LeCours family, running is a way of life. Both parents, Steven (with a best time of 2:39) and Kelly, who recently ran the 26.2 miles in Chicago, are marathoners.

When asked if she gets tired of running all year round, LeCours is adamant.

“Absolutely not,” she said. “I’ve been running for so long that I don’t think I could ever get tired of it.”

At the same time, LeCours never expects to let go of his academics.

“I try to do everything to the best of my ability,” she said. “I will stay up as late as necessary to do my job. This is how I am.

Which is typical of all Moynihan student-athletes of the month and perhaps almost all runners as well.

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