Belmont Abbey Claims Overall, Women's Messick Awards

Belmont Abbey Claims Overall, Women's Messick Awards

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey has claimed the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Overall and Women's Messick Awards, the league announced recently at its annual awards banquet. The awards are presented to schools that have best demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship through a point total of individual sport seasons.

The Crusaders won individual sport Messick Awards in Women's Soccer, Men's Cross Country, Women's Basketball, Men's Indoor Track and Field and Men's Lacrosse during the year, while finishing in the top three in six other sports.

Women's programs received 76.5 points out of 105 for a .729 rating, while the men's teams's finished fifth overall with 57 of 91 points (.626). As a whole, Belmont Abbey was rated .678 with 133.5 points out of 197.

"Belmont Abbey College's success in winning the Messick Award for now the fourth-time in the award's six-year existence is a testament to our coaches and student-athletes embodiment of Dr. Thierfelder's vision for Sport and Virtue," Director of Athletics Stephen Miss said. "Pope Pius XII reminds us that 'Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor.' Here at The Abbey, we emphasize the ways in which high-level athletic competition can be utilized as a positive means for the development and formation of the whole person, and this award indicates that our peers recognize our collective and intentional efforts toward galvanizing virtue through sport."

This marks the fourth time in history that Belmont Abbey has won the award, joining 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 (shared).