Best of 2011 Web Stories: Athletics
December 29, 2011 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2011 draws to a close, we're taking a look back at the most popular web stories this year, based on analytics taken from the Centre homepage. Here are the top five stories about athletics at Centre:
1. Centre one of eight institutions to form new athletic conference
Centre and six other members of the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) announced their decision to leave the conference to form a new conference beginning with the 2012-13 season. The new conference will include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South.
2. Olympic track & field athletes to share expertise at
The Centre athletic department hosted a three-day camp featuring 17 Olympic track & field athletes over the summer. The camp took place from June 5 to June 8. Former Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sharrieffa Barksdale oversaw the camp.
3. Centre alums plow headfirst into the world of winter sports
For Adam Blandford ’07, Adam Clark ’07 and Jeremy Ware ’07 — three former Centre football standouts — life took an unexpected turn after graduation. The three alumni currently are preparing for the national trials of the U.S. bobsledding and skeleton teams.
4. Centre’s first lacrosse teams debut at home
It’s been nearly two years since Centre College announced the addition of lacrosse to its roster of intercollegiate athletics, and in early March, the first men’s and women’s lacrosse teams took the field. The Centre community cheered on as both teams defeated their opponents.
5. Centre football celebrates NCAA bid
After finishing the regular season with an 8-1 record, the Centre College football team hosted Hampden-Sydney College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship, the Colonels’ first postseason in 90 years.
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