Simply put, there are entire sports teams that cannot claim the accomplishments that WPI women’s track & field team member Noelle Richard has already amassed.
In June she was one of four WPI track & field student athletes (along with Julie Eagle, Stephen Kocienski, and Wesley DeChristofaro) to be named Capital One Academic All-Americas for Track and Field/Cross Country.
Last season she participated in her fifth and sixth NCAA Championships in the 400-meter dash. A 10-time All-New England performer―as well as the 2011 indoor 400-meter champion and 2011 and 2013 ECAC indoor 400-meter champion―Richard is the WPI record holder in the 400. She is also a two-time winner of major awards at the WPI Athletics Banquet, including Best Senior Student Athlete in 201213.
She also earned the 2012–13 Varsity Club Award, which recognizes athletic achievements, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit. In 2011 she took home the Carolyn McCabe Award, which is presented to the sophomore female athlete who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in the WPI athlete.
In addition, Richard is the first WPI female student athlete since 2003 to compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, where she finished 13th overall. And while all this might suggest that her main focus is sports, she is similarly successful in the classroom, where she is holding down a 3.78 GPA in mathematics.