AFA's William Kent Named MW Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award Recipient

June 12, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force's William Kent was announced today as the seventh recipient of the Mountain West Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award. Established in 2005-06 and re-named in honor of the late UNLV faculty athletics representative, the award is presented to a student-athlete in a NCAA-sponsored sport who has distinguished him or herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The student-athlete also must demonstrate good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting and be in good academic standing.

Kent, a junior during the 2012-13 campaign, has competed as a member of the Falcons' track and field team for three years. At the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 1-2, 2013, Kent was participating in the men's weight throw. After registering a throw of 17.99 meters on his first attempt, he fouled on the next three tries. On his fifth attempt, he made a successful throw that was recorded by the official as 19.55 meters. Upon hearing the official's report, Kent determined an error had been made, because that mark would be a new school record, as well as a provisional NCAA qualifying throw, and he was certain he had not achieved that distance. Kent approached the official to explain that the tape must have been misread, as he wanted to ensure the correct distance was recorded. Initially, the official was certain the distance he had recorded was accurate; however, upon further discussion, the official agreed with Kent and the result was changed to 18.55 meters. While Kent's throw was still good enough to win the competition, his integrity prevailed over accepting a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

A civil engineering major from Marietta, Ga., Kent is the fourth Air Force student-athlete to earn the MW Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award, joining former fencers Dalton Boatright, Daniel Trapani and Peter French.

In April, 2007, the MW Joint Council voted to re-name the award in honor of Hal Rothman, a noted historian, author and longtime UNLV professor who served as the institution's faculty athletics representative on the MW Joint Council from 2001-06. Rothman lost a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, on February 24, 2007.

School Year Student-Athlete Institution Sport
2012-13 William Kent Air Force Track and Field
2011-12 Dalton Boatright Air Force Fencing
2010-11 Daniel Trapani Air Force Fencing
2009-10 No selection N/A N/A
2008-09 Erin Lorenzen TCU Rifle
2007-08 Peter French Air Force Fencing
2006-07 Kevin Bretting Wyoming Swimming and Diving
2005-06 Katie Battazzo Utah Soccer