Pair of Belmont Abbey Teams Take Individual Messick Awards

Pair of Belmont Abbey Teams Take Individual Messick Awards

HIGH POINT, N.C. – A pair of Belmont Abbey athletic teams have been honored with individual Messick Awards, the Conference Carolinas office announced today. The Crusaders' women's basketball and women's indoor track and field teams were recognized as having demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport, as voted upon by member coaches and student-athletes.

Barton also picked up two individual awards for women's swimming and men's indoor track and field, while Emmanuel earned the award for men's basketball. Each top finish moves the schools closer to winning the 2018-19 Messick Sportsmanship Award.

The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship and respect among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. The winning institution is recognized for its overall commitment to providing a quality playing environment for home and visiting fans, players, and staff members. 

Conference Carolinas athletics directors implemented the process by which the Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each school vote separately upon the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport. The rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution which has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year, and that institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award.  

The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in their ninth year, reflecting Conference Carolinas' commitment to exhibiting and recognizing sportsmanship throughout the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.

The Winter Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2018-19:

Women's Swimming - Barton College

Men's Indoor Track & Field - Barton College

Women's Indoor Track & Field - Belmont Abbey College

Men's Basketball - Emmanuel College

Women's Basketball - Belmont Abbey College