CIAA Announces 2019 Track&Field Athletes of the Year

From theciaa.com: BOWIE, MD – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces its 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, as voted by the CIAA Track & Field Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association. These outstanding student-athletes were formally recognized today during a ceremony at the CIAA Track & Field Championships. Saint Augustine’s University junior Shannon Kalawan was named Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Virginia State University junior Jeia Gilliam was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Men’s Track Athlete of the Year was Claflin…

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Eleven Virgina State Athlete-Students recognized as Arthur Ashe,Jr. Scholars

From the Virginia State Office of Sports Information: ETTRICK, VA– The Virginia State University Athletics department continues to stay true to their mission of developing academic and athletic champions!  In line with the Trojans mission, the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award, sponsored by The Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine, honors undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.  In addition to their athletic ability, the students named 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5,…

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Saint Augustine’s Shannon Kalawan claims 400 hurdles victory at Penn Relays for second consecutive year

From SAU Sports Information Office RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25) – For the second consecutive year, Shannon Kalawan (Jr./Westmoreland, Jamaica) of Saint Augustine’s University opened the prestigious Penn Relays with a victory in the women’s 400 hurdles at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Thursday.  Running in the college division, Kalawan crossed the finish line first in 57.37 seconds at Franklin Field. She defeated a field of 52 hurdlers, mostly from Division I schools. Kalawan ran her winning time in the first heat. Reanda Richards of Rutgers University finished second in…

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UMES hires Jason Crafton as Men’s Basketball Coach

From meacsports.com : PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Jason Crafton, a young but experienced coach with stints at several levels including most recently the NBA G-League, has been hired to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team. The 16-year-veteran of coaching spent this past season in the NBA ranks as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He spent the beginning of his career as an assistant at…

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Shaw Athletics unveil new logo

Courtesy of Shaw University Office of Sports Information RALEIGH, N.C. – After months of research and preparation, Shaw University Athletics has taken on a bold and dynamic branding identity that will set the visual direction of the department for the future. The new logo features a new bear. This innovative design pays tribute to the University’s past while modernizing the look through graphics, colors and lettering. The brand rollout will be on Friday, Mar. 22 at 10 a.m. on the third floor in the President’s Conference room in Estey Hall. Shaw…

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Virginia State wins Men’s CIAA Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia State University held off a strong second half rally to defeat the Shaw Bears, 77-66, in the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball Championship game Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. The Bears battled to turn a 31-point second half deficit into single-digits but their rally fell short despite a game-high 34 points from Junior Amir Hinton, who also finished with five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Junior DaVaughn Kelsie added 17 points and freshman Geremy Taylor chipped in 12 points and four…

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Virginia Union’s Rejoice Spivey wins Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for Women’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – Virginia Union University guard Rejoice Spivey has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA women’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA women’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their…

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Saint Augustine’s Tyre Gathright named Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for Men’s Basketball

From theciaa.com : CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2019) – All-CIAA guard Tyre Gathright from Saint Augustine’s University has been named the winner of the 2018-19 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA men’s basketball coaches, CIAA media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA men’s basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed…

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Virginia Union smokes Fayetteville State to win second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

From theciaa.com : Bob Heller contributed to this story Charlotte, NC (March 2, 2019) – Shareka McNeill broke the CIAA Tournament scoring record with a 37-point effort as Virginia Union University won its second consecutive CIAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 75-41 win over Fayetteville State Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center. With the win, the Panthers (27-2) receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament where the team is expecting to be the #1 seed in the Atlantic Region. The back-to-back championships are the Panthers’ first since they…

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Fayetteville State pulls away late, advances to CIAA Championship game

From theciaa.com : Anthony Jeffries contributed to this story CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 1, 2019) – Fayetteville State took control of the third quarter to top Elizabeth City State 69-53 in the women’s basketball semifinals of the CIAA Tournament on Friday at the Spectrum Center.The Broncos (21-7) captured their 13th consecutive victory this season. Their reward is a trip to the championship game to face defending champion and nationally-ranked Virginia Union on Saturday. Virginia Union, the Northern Division champions, won the regular-season meeting on the road by 10 points in January. This is…

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