Belmont Abbey Wins Three Spring Messick Awards

Belmont Abbey Wins Three Spring Messick Awards

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey has won three Individual Messick Awards during the spring sports season, the Conference Carolinas office announced today. Crusader teams in the sports of Women's Golf, Men's Outdoor Track and Field and Women's Outdoor Track & Field were voted by their peers to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport.

The announcement gives Belmont Abbey seven Individual Messick Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

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 Spring Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2018-19:

Men's Volleyball - King University

Men's Golf - Barton College

Women's Golf - Belmont Abbey College

Men's Tennis - Lees-McRae College

Women's Tennis - North Greenville University

Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Belmont Abbey College

Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Belmont Abbey College

Softball - Emmanuel College

Baseball - Limestone College

Men's Lacrosse - Emmanuel College

Women's Lacrosse - Limestone College