Campus Life

Hamptonian to be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame

IT’S been more than 20 years since she adorned a Hampton University uniform, but retired Golden Girl Eldece Clarke is preparing to return to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

The 1988 graduate, who went on to become one of the fastest women in the world in the 100 metres, will be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame on February 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Clarke, who turns 45 on February 13, said she’s just delighted to have been considered by the CIAA, an NCAA Division II conference of historically African-American instutitions.

“It’s years later, but it’s still a significant achievement,” said Clarke about the induction. “So it’s kind amazing and I’m overwhelming for sure.”

Humbled by the achievement, Clarke said this is her first induction because up to last year, Hampton University has not had an induction ceremony.

She noted that when her former coach Laverne Sweat called her to inform her of Hampton University’s decision to induct her, she was really taken aback.

“I’m really excited. I’m glad that it’s happening because the young people can see what they can achieve if they focus on their goal,” Clarke said. “So for me, it’s not when it happened, but the fact that it has happened.”

The mother of an 18-year-old son had a stellar tenure at Hampton University where she won numerous titles in the CIAA in the 60 indoors and the 100 outdoors.

Upon graduation, Clarke represented the Bahamas at three Olympic Games, inclusive of Los Angeles in 1984, Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and Sydney, Australia in 2000.

In both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Clarke ran in the 100, but she was a member of the women’s 4 x 100 relay teams at the three games, the last of which she helped the Bahamas earn the gold medal.

Now employed in the Sports Department of the Ministry of Tourism, Clarke said ten years later since winning the gold on the women’s 4 x 100 relay team and 22 years since she graduated from college, she is quite thrilled that she’s being inducted.


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Howard University Student-Athletes Rally to Aid Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Howard University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will hold a campaign during the Howard vs. Florida A&M basketball game this Saturday, January 23 at 2pm. The event will raise funds to assist the Embassy of Haiti in shipping the much needed donations from their recent relief drive to the earthquake ravished island.

SAAC President Gazelle d’ Artois, HU student-athletes and the Intercollegiate Athletics staff will collect $1.00 from each attendee at the Howard vs. Florida A&M basketball game, Saturday, January 23, 2010. The first 1,000 to make a donation will receive a “HU Supports Haiti” tee shirt.

Representatives from the Embassy of Haiti and The Haitian-American Professional Association are expected to deliver a message during halftime. The money will be donated to the Howard University Relief Fund.

Please come out to the game and support this important drive as we join the global effort to make a difference in the lives those adversely affected by the devastating earthquake.


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SU Tennis Star is a Hard Hitter in Class as well

Southern University tennis star Carlista Mohammed showed recently that her brilliance is not limited to the courts as she picked up an award for Excellence in French.

Carlista received the award from her French teacher Dr. Sybill Carter for being the most outstanding student in the language last semester.

Carlista, the Tennis Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Player of the Year, revealed that she prefers French to English.

“French is my favorite language because I like how it sounds and the culture,” she said.

The national champion was very elated upon receiving the accolade. “I feel very accomplished and happy to have received that award,” she explained.

Carlista has been enjoying success on the tennis courts as well, leading her university to victory in the 9th annual HBCU National Championship in September last year.

Carlista took the top honours in the Flight “B” women’s singles division, defeating Florida A&M’s Alexis Brown in a three setter 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.

Carlista received a tennis scholarship from Southern University in 2008 and is currently majoring in linguistics with a minor in sports psychology.