Drury Student-Athlete Dies in Car Accident

Drury University’s bowling program is dealing with the loss of one of their rising stars after Caroline Conrad was killed in an auto accident.

Conrad, a Memphis, Tennessee native, died in an accident Tuesday night. She was 19.

“Caroline was a leader on our campus and exemplified what it means to be a student, teammate, and friend at Drury University,” Drury University President, Dr. Timothy Cloyd, said in a statement. “Just as the addition of each individual adds to the tapestry of our institution, a loss such as this affects us all. Please keep Craig and Rebecca, and all of Caroline’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Conrad had just completed her sophomore year at Drury. In her two season career with the Panthers, she was twice named a national All-Academic selection and in her freshman year was a Warren White Scholar for having one of the highest GPAs of any first-year Drury student.

She had come to Drury after helping her high school team win two state championships and was Tennessee’s Miss Bowling in 2016.

“Caroline was an integral part of the success of our team and the definition of a true student-athlete,” Drury women’s bowling head coach¬†Larry Hughes, said in a statement. “I have never encountered anyone involved in as many organizations on campus as she was, while still maintaining A+ standards in the classroom and competing at the NCAA level. She was always willing to listen and learn to improve her game, but when not in the lineup became the biggest cheerleader for her teammates. Caroline will be deeply missed by all of us in the bowling program, the athletic department, and the Drury campus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her parents Craig and Rebecca, as well as her sisters, Hannah and Grace. No one will be able to replace the energy of #19.”

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