NC A&Ts Loreal Smith named 2009 MEAC Woman of the Year
July 29, 2009
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - North Carolina A&T State University’s Loreal Smith was named the 2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year, the conference announced today. Smith will be awarded the honor during the MEAC Football Press Luncheon on Friday, July, 31 at the Newport News Marriott.
The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of female senior student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Smith, a NCAA Outdoor Track and Field All-American, collected conference championship first-place honors in the 60m hurdles (twice), 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and 4x100m relay during her collegiate indoor and outdoor track and field career.
The sprinter set a conference mark in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship with a time of 13.14. She also holds school records in the 55m hurdles, the 60m hurdles, and the 100m hurdles.
In June, Smith became the only Lady Aggie ever to run the 100m hurdles in less than 13 seconds boasting a time of 12.97 at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to graduation, the Sports Science and Fitness Management major received the A&T Scholar Athlete Award and was named to two consecutive Commissioner’s All-Academic Teams (2008 and 2009). Smith graduated with a 3.33 GPA and is the MEAC nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Off the track, Smith volunteered for many non-profit organizations and schools and helped raise awareness for special causes such as Breast Cancer and AIDS.
Smith is the second Lady Aggie to earn the MEAC Woman of the Year honor. Renecia Lovelace was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2006. Howard’s Courtney Smiley won the award in 2007, while Maryland Eastern Shore’s Jessica Worsley was awarded the honor last year.