BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University teams were recognized by Conference Carolina on Thursday when the conference released their Winter Team Sportsmanship Awards. Both the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams earned recognition as well as the women’s basketball team.
Both the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams took Conference Carolinas championships. The women scored 139 points to top second place Queens (N.C.) at 73 points while the men’s 110 points topped Limestone’s 103 points. Hannah Witt was also named Conference Carolinas’ 2013 Women’s Winter Scholar Athlete for women’s track and field.
The Tornado women’s basketball team improved upon their 5-21 record two years ago with a 14-13 mark in 2012-13. King qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament, and fell in the first round to top see Limestone, 67-61 on the road.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. This year marks the second year that there is an individual sport ‘Team Sportsmanship Award’ highlighting Conference Carolinas efforts to honor institutions exhibiting sportsmanlike behaviors.
The sportsmanship award is decided using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors that calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and judge conference competitors’ sportsmanship. After all the votes have been submitted the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest overall average in a particular sport is awarded the ‘Team Sportsmanship Award’. These awards will now correspond with the current “Messick Sportsmanship Award” that recognizes the school with the overall best average across all conference sports throughout the year.