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TSU Men's Track and Field Earns OVC Team Sportsmanship Award for Indoor Season
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brentwood, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced that the Tennessee State men’s track and field program is the recipient of the 2008-09 Team Sportsmanship Award for indoor track and field.


Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.


“The OVC places high value on sportsmanship and ethical conduct,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, OVC Commissioner. “Our awards acknowledge excellence and are special because it is recognition that comes from one’s peers.”


The 2008-09 school year marks the fourth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded (and third year the indoor track awards have been bestowed). This marks the first sportsmanship award in men's indoor track for TSU


The Tigers finished fourth at the 2009 OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships.


TSU men and women's tennis teams received the award in 2008 team award for tennis. 


“It is an honor to be selected for this award,” said Kelly Carter, Tennessee State head men’s indoor track and field coach. “It symbolizes Tennessee State’s continuing effort to produce great student-athletes. I have always appreciated this award because it shows the character of your team. Win or lose, character is what people will respect, and remember the most.”