Hampton University won its 12th consecutive Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award and Norfolk State captured its ninth consecutive Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s Award, the MEAC announced last week.
The All-Sports Awards highlight the overall strengths of their respective men’s and women’s athletic programs. Each institution was presented a $20,000 check during a reception at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday evening.
“I would like to congratulate Norfolk State University, including President Tony Atwater, Director of Athletics Marty Miller and the administrators, coaches, student-athletes and support staff for winning the 2013 Talmadge Layman Hill Award,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “I also extend congratulations to Hampton University and President William R. Harvey, Director of Athletics Novelle Dickenson and all of the outstanding individuals including staff, coaches and student-athletes who were involved in winning the Mary McLeod Bethune Award.”
Hampton’s women’s programs totaled 100.5 points in the All-Sports tally. The Lady Pirates won conference titles in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Women’s Basketball, and Softball. The Lady Pirates also earned the conference automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball and Softball Tournaments.
The NSU Spartans men’s programs totaled 82.8 points and earned conference titles in Men’s Basketball and Indoor Track and Field. The Spartans were tied at first with Men’s Tennis and finished second in Outdoor Track and Field and Baseball.
Points are awarded in a descending order beginning with 14 points for champions or first place regular season finishes. The second place teams get 12 points. Tied teams split the total points.