Howard University’s women’s sports shone this season with many historic wins and titles for each program. The women’s softball, volleyball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and basketball teams all concluded their seasons with successful standings in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and each team sent members to compete at the NCAA level.
The softball team defeated reigning MEAC champion Morgan State in a winner-take-all bout to claim the league title. With that victory, Howard softball won its first MEAC championship since 2007, the second time in program history. The team also earned the conference’s automatic bid into the 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament.
Indoor women’s track and field won the 2022 MEAC Indoor Championship with a meet-record performance: Howard’s first indoor title since 1989, finishing fourth overall. Women’s outdoor track and field took home the 2022 MEAC Outdoor Championship with a dominant performance, winning the first outdoor title since 1980.
The women’s basketball team, seeded No. 1, claimed a 61-44 win over Norfolk State in the MEAC Tournament championship. With the victory, Howard received the MEAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA.
Howard’s top-seeded women’s volleyball team earned its sixth MEAC Championship in seven seasons after a 3-1 victory over No. 2 Delaware State. With the historic victory, Howard is now tied with Florida A&M for the most volleyball titles in MEAC history, a total of 13.
“Athletics is the front porch of a university — it’s the thing people unaffiliated with the school see the most often,” said David Oliver, director of track and field. “The success we’re having on a national stage in the track and field program is opening up the eyes of individuals that are unfamiliar with the greatness that Howard University produces in the classroom and on the playing field. It has been a banner year for women’s athletics at Howard. Our track and field/cross country programs are a cog in the wheel that will continue to propel this athletic department and university into the future.”