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GREENSBORO (June 12, 2018) – North Carolina A&T won the 2017-18 Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recently announced.

N.C. A&T finished second to Bethune-Cookman in the Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s All-Sports Award competition, the conference also announced.

In a history-making year, N.C. A&T Athletics made more by winning their first-ever Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award. N.C. A&T Director of Collegiate Athletics, Earl M. Hilton III, was presented a $20,000 check during a reception at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C.

MEAC Championships won by women’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field and bowling led the way for women’s varsity sports at N.C. A&T. Points are awarded on a descending basis beginning with 14 points for a championship or first-place finish. The second-place team receives 12 points, the third-place team receives 11 points and continues down in descending order.

Tied teams will split the point total by taking the total points and dividing it by the number of the teams (for example two teams tied for first (14+12 = 26) is 13 or three teams tied for first (14+12+11 = 37) is 12.3). In volleyball, bowling, tennis, softball and baseball, points are given based on a regular-season finish among each division. In all other sports are given based on regular-season finish excluding men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s and women’s track and field which are awarded points based on MEAC championship finish.

N.C. A&T women’s programs finished with 93 points to outlast Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M who finished tied for second with 91 points.

 The men were close to making it a clean sweep for Aggieland. They finished with 90.5 points, 1.3 points less than the Wildcats who won the award with 91.8 points.

 Conference championships in football, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field and baseball nearly earned the Aggies the top honor. Unlike the Aggies, the Wildcats did not claim any championships but their sports remained consistently near the top of the standings and championships such as golf and track and field.

 The Talmadge Layman Hill Award was a two-school race as Florida A&M finished a distant third with 76 points.

 “We have a great team of student-athletes, coaches and administrators who work extremely hard every day, and North Carolina A&T State University is reaping the benefits of their dedication,” said Hilton. “Our leadership at the top starting with Chancellor Harold L. Martin has been a tremendous help to us as an athletics department. Winning the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award is a historic moment for North Carolina A&T Athletics. What our athletics department accomplished in 2017-18 is something we can be proud of for many years to come.”