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Track & Field's Asia Hollis Receives Patriot League Sportsmanship Award

June 19, 2008

EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore sprinter Asia Hollis has been recognized as the 2007-2008 Female Sportsmanship Award winner by the Patriot League. This is the second consecutive year a Leopard has won the title.

The Lafayette coaching staff first became aware of Hollis' good nature at the 2007-2008 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships. In her freshman year, Hollis was competing alongside teammate Janica Austin in the 400-meter race. Austin crossed the finish line first, followed by Hollis, but was disqualified due to a lane violation.

With Austin's time thrown out, Hollis was declared the winner. After the awards ceremony, Hollis approached her teammate and gave her the gold medal, saying "this belongs to you." Her action was meant to be done privately, but was overheard by several teammates who were moved to tears.

The Patriot League Sportsmanship awards are open to all Patriot League student-athletes. One male and one female are chosen. Each of the eight Patriot League institutions is eligible to nominate candidates for the award, which is then voted on by the Patriot League Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The winners of the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award are then forwarded on to the NCAA to be considered for the national honor.

Hollis became the school recordholder in the 400-meters (56.56) in her freshman campaign with the Leopards. She was crowned the Patriot League champion in the event at both the indoor and outdoor league championships and was part of the 4x100 meter relay that finished second at the outdoor league championships.