SAN DESTIN, FL - Cross country runner Ryan Davis became the first Florida Atlantic University student-athlete to garner Sun Belt Conference honors when he was given the Male Sporting Behavior Award, Tuesday night at the annual spring meetings.
Davis, a junior biology major from Miramar, has a 3.89 cumulative GPA and was named last season's cross country MVP. He has finished in the top three amongst male runners all three of his seasons with the team.
"Ryan is always courteous towards his competitors and (knows) that `winning by any means necessary' isn't winning at all," said FAU cross country head coach Alex Smolka. "He cares more about the success of his teammates than his own."
The Sporting Behavior Award, given each year to a male and a female student-athlete, is "based on outstanding leadership and achievement in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community." Davis, along with volleyball player Kelsie Hodges of Arkansas State University, the female winner, were both cited as good examples on and off the field for their teammates and fellow students.