Warrior, Bulldog named All-CIAA

Published 9:54 pm Friday, April 22, 2011

Virginia St. sophomore and former Nansemond River golf standout Rashad Hunt, back row, far right, made the All-CIAA Team as the conference awards were announced at the conference tournament this week in Fort Lee. Hunt finished eighth individually, with rounds of 79 and 76, and VSU won the CIAA team championship Wednesday and Thursday at Cardinal Golf Club.

Virginia State sophomore Rashad Hunt (Nansemond River) earned All-CIAA golf honors for the spring season then helped the Trojans win the CIAA team championship for the third time in the last four years this week at Cardinal Golf Course in Fort Lee.

Hunt shot rounds of 76 and 79 (+9 overall) to finish eighth individually in the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Tournament Wednesday-Thursday. Hunt carded one-over 37s on the back nine at Cardinal each day, making a pair of birdies each day.

Hunt made all-conference through his average score through the division and conference tournaments this season. The sophomore’s best round of the spring came with a 1-under 71 at Dogwood Trace Golf Course in Petersburg in March.


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Virginia State won the conference title by shooting rounds of 301 and 302 to beat runner-up Winston-Salem State by 14 strokes. The Trojans advance to the NCAA Super Regional.

Chowan senior outfielder Mindy Byrd (King’s Fork) earned First Team All-CIAA honors as the Lady Hawks went 17-1 through the CIAA regular season, winning the Northern Division.

Byrd was hitting .306 with 40 runs, 35 RBI and five triples going into the CIAA Tournament.

In the opening rounds of the CIAA Tournament in Petersburg Thursday, Chowan beat Johnson C. Smith 6-1 and edged Bowie State 8-7, advancing through the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

Byrd had a hit, a run and a stolen base against J.C. Smith. Chowan trailed Bowie State 7-4 until scoring three runs in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh to win. Byrd drove in two runs in the second game.

Partly through Friday’s play in Petersburg, Winston-Salem State beat Chowan 5-3, putting WSSU into the finals and dropping CU (33-18) into a game against Virginia State Friday evening.