On April 18, 2013, the Cavaliers’ men’s track and field team won the AAC Conference Championship – the first AAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Montreat College’s history. In addition to this victory, the AAC awarded both the men’s and women’s track and field teams with the Champion of Character Award. Also, Coach Justin Herbert was selected as the AAC Men’s Coach of the Year.

Missing three of their top athletes for the season, the Cavalier men were far from the favorites to win the AAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. The Cavaliers rode the performances of senior captains Billy Parker and Noah Hall, and got a little help from their freshmen, to win the conference championship by a mere four points.

Both the men and women brought home the Champions of Character Award, an award given to the teams who exhibit qualities of sportsmanship and service both on and off the field. The Lady Cavaliers won the award after participating in a team service day with Asheville Habitat for Humanity, a service day led by Senior Captain Lauren Kelly. “We don’t take the Champions of Character award lightly,” said Coach Herbert. “We work hard for this program every year, and while we certainly don’t serve to gain recognition, we take great pride in our service.”

On top of these many achievements, Coach Herbert was selected as the AAC Men’s Coach of the Year. Herbert said of the award, “I’m very honored to win the Men’s Coach of the Year award, although there are some great and deserving coaches in our conference as well. This award really belongs to my men’s team as well, because their accomplishments as a team made this possible.”

To read the details about the AAC Championship, visit www.montreatcavaliers.com.