Langston University secured its spot in the 32 team Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Torrance, California after its performance at the National Qualifying Tournament.
At the Texas Invitational National Qualifying Tournament, hosted by Prairie View A&M, Langston was one of fifteen teams from Historically Black Colleges/Universities nationwide. One of six tournaments being run across the nation, performance at the National Qualifying Tournaments determines which universities advance to the 32 slots at the National Championship Tournament, sponsored by American Honda. 87 HBCUs are eligible to compete for the 2022-23 year.
The traveling team is composed of three freshmen and a sophomore: Captain Christian Mitchell (sophomore) from Piedmont, Olivia Jenkins from Catoosa, Charles Bennett from Temple (Oklahoma), Kaitlyn Mitchell from Perry, and is coached by Honors Program Coordinator Kyle Gregory of Del City, who previously played at Langston.
Langston defeated Paul Quinn College, a 2022 playoff qualifier, 550-190. They dropped a contest to the 2022 National Championship Runner-Up Kentucky State by a score of 510-410. They also defeated Mississippi Valley State University 560-130 and Southern University-New Orleans 565-385. This tied the Langston Quiz Bowl team for first place in their division and made them one of only four teams to qualify for the playoffs. Langston fell in the first round of a two-game playoff to eventual NQT Champion Southern University-Baton Rouge.
Langston University previously participated in the NAQT Sectional Championship Tournament at the University of Missouri and also scrimmaged against powerhouse teams from Stillman and North Carolina Central University (virtually) to prepare.
Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, one of Honda’s longest-running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has celebrated and recognized the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the HBCU student experience. For more information, visit www.hcasc.com. Langston’s H.C.A.S.C./Quiz Bowl team has earned over $122,000 in grants for the university from American Honda since the program began in 1989.