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Florida A&M Wins 2016 Cheerleading Championship
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  


NORFOLK, Va.—Florida A&M won the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championship on Sunday night at Echols Hall on the campus of Norfolk State University.

The Lady Rattlers of Florida A&M took first place, while the five-time defending MEAC champion Morgan State Lady Bears placed second and Hampton finished third in overall team performance. In addition to winning the overall performance, Florida A&M also won the Co-Ed division for the second consecutive year.

“It feels awesome to win,” Florida A&M head coach Brandi Tatum said. “We had one injury that happened during our warmup so we went in feeling a little defeated. For them to go out there and push themselves to the max just shows what we’re capable of and what we can do.”

Florida A&M’s Courtni Smith took first place in the All-Star Division while Tiffany Williams of Hampton and Kayla Lane-Illescas of Morgan State finished second and third, respectively.

For more information on the 2016 MEAC Basketball Tournament, including brackets, ancillary events, tickets and travel information, visit

2016 MEAC Cheerleading Championship Results:

All-Star Division
1st Place: Courtni Smith, Florida A&M University

2nd Place: Tiffany Williams, Hampton

3rd Place: Kayla Lane-Illescas, Morgan State University

Co-Ed Division
1st Place: Florida A&M University

All-Girl Division
1st Place: Morgan State University
2nd Place: Hampton University
3rd Place:  University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Overall Performance
1st Place: Florida A&M University

2nd Place: Morgan State University

3rd Place: Hampton University

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