FAMU’s Alelee Figueroa named 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Courtesy of Florida A&M Athletic Communications TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University’s Alelee Figueroa, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year, has been selected among 605 female college student-athletes as a 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2020, nearly 220,000 women are competing in college sports, and the NCAA…

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Bethune-Cookman pays tribute to the life of champion track athlete Summer Brown

Courtesy of Bethune-Cookman Athletic Communications  Summer Brown, whose battle with cancer was as inspiring as her accomplishments with the Bethune-Cookman University track & field program, passed away Friday, Jan. 11 at the age of 25. The 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) indoor pentathlon and outdoor long champion had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma cancer last December and had used social media as an outlet to both inform and motivate. “To God Be the Glory for the Life of Summer Brown,” B-CU Vice President Of Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn W. Thompson…

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North Carolina A&T’s Akeem Sirleaf qualifies for 2020 Olympics

Via NCATAGGIES.COM : EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T senior sprinter Akeem Sirleaf has qualified for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, also known as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Sirleaf qualified 11 months ahead of the opening ceremonies. The Liberia Athletes Federation (LAF) made the announcement recently after Sirleaf put together impressive showings from March-June with many of those performances coming in an N.C. A&T uniform. Sirleaf will compete Liberia from July 24, 2020 to Aug. 9, 2020.    “I’m extremely excited for Akeem,” said Duane Ross, N.C.…

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New polices for SWAC in upcoming athletic year

From swac.org: BILOXI, Miss.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference held its annual spring meetings this past week in Biloxi with several significant pieces of legislation being adopted for the upcoming athletic year. The approved measures were recommendations from the leagues’ Sports Administrators Committee (SAC) which consist of member institutions’ Athletic Directors and Senior Woman Administrators. With league finances serving as a significant topic of discussion during the meetings, the SWAC unveiled its strategic business model which will be implemented during the upcoming 2019-20 season. “One consistent theme that we were able…

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UDC’s Shaneika Bowra receives Excellence in Community and Character Award

From udcfirebirds.com : Dobbs Ferry, NY- Senior Track & Field standout Shaneika Bowra was one of the Excellence in Community and Character award recipients and was named the State Farm Female Scholar-Athlete of the year, at the ECC awards dinner on May 13. Bowra (St. Catherine Jamaica) transferred to UDC as a junior and has excelled both on and off the track since then. She was the 2018-2019 team captain and played a huge role in the success of the Track and Field Program this year. She was named ECC Indoor &…

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Alabama State takes Men’s and Women’s 2019 SWAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

From swac.org: PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas- The Alabama State Women’s Track and Field claimed team their 10th consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field title leading the field with 177.5 total points. Prairie View A&M finished second with 154.5 points followed by Grambling State (101), Texas Southern (74), and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (73) to round out the top team standings. On the men’s side, Alabama State claimed the title in spectacular fashion as head coach Ritchie Beene won his first Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship as head coach. Jackson State finished…

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North Carolina A&T wins 2019 Men’s MEAC Outdoor Track&Field Championship

From meacsports.com : Final Results | Championship Central GREENSBORO, N.C., May 4, 2019—A dominant Saturday lifted North Carolina A&T State to the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s outdoor track & field championship at the Irwin Belk Track. The Aggies won their third straight outdoor title and sixth overall. Duane Ross was named the meet’s Outstanding Coach. Bethune-Cookman’s Jeremiah Peters earned Outstanding Field Performer honors, while Wildcat Carlin Berryhill and Norfolk State’s Evans Cheruiyot were named Co-Outstanding Runners. North Carolina A&T State also swept the season – winning the MEAC titles in…

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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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2019 Day 2 SWAC Outdoor Track&Field Championship Recap

From swac.org: DAY TWO RESULTS | CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Alabama State University men made a surge to the top of the team standings following the conclusion of day two of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Prairie View A&M. Alabama State, seeking its first SWAC outdoor championship under coach Ritchie Beene, has 69 total points. Southern is second with 43 points, and Grambling State and defending champion Prairie View A&M are tied for third with 33 points each. On…

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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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