MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University men’s track and field program is the recipient of the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Team Sportsmanship Award for outdoor 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.
“I am proud that our men’s team has been recognized by our fellow conference teams,” Head Coach Brent Ericksen said. “We take pride in having a well-rounded program. We set quite a few school records and personal records this year, and our team grade point average has continued to improve each year. This award reminds me that we have high-character student-athletes that represent Morehead State in a first-class manner when we compete.”
This marks the fourth Sportsmanship Award for the MSU men’s team, also claiming the honor in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
“Without sportsmanship there are truly no meaningful victories,” OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche said. “The recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship awards should accept this award with great pride for their fellow competitors have made it clear their teams exemplify the best in intercollegiate athletics. In receiving this prestigious honor other competitors are saying these student-athletes compete with class, respect their opponents and value fair play. That is quite a compliment as those are all traits that will lead to true victories throughout the course of life.”