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BROOKINS, WALLACE NAMED BIG SKY SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State's Ronald Brookins and Lea Wallace were selected as the school's recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for 2010-11.

The scholar-athlete award is given to one male and one female student-athlete from each of the Big Sky's nine institutions. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must compete in a Big Sky sanctioned sport, have a minimum cumulative institutional grade point average of 3.2, be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility.

During his career, Brookins was a Junior World qualifier, a two-time NCAA All-American, a five-time NCAA Championships qualifier and a 14-time Big Sky champion. He also was selected as the Big Sky male athlete of the meet at the championships four times. As a senior, he qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles and advanced to the outdoor championships in the 110-meter hurdles. The San Diego native leaves Sacramento State as the school record holder in the 55-hurdles, 60-hurdles, and 110-hurdles. A business administration major, Brookins was also a Big Sky all-academic selection all four years.

Wallace recently became the first Sacramento State student-athlete to earn All-America honors in two events at the NCAA Championships. As a senior, she placed sixth in the 800 to earn first team accolades and was ninth in the 1500 to earn a spot on the second team. During the 2011 season, she was the Big Sky champion in both the indoor and outdoor 800, the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500 and was named the Big Sky Performer of the Meet at both championships. Wallace also advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800. Wallace holds the Sacramento State record in four events and was named the co-West Region Female Athlete of the Year by the United State Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. A native of Napa, Calif., Wallace is a family and consumer science major who has been a Big Sky all-academic selection during each of her seasons with the Hornets.

Brookins and Wallace will continue their season at the USATF Championships in Eugene, Ore., beginning on June 23. Wallace will run in the 800 at 3:30 p.m. on June 23. Brookins will participate in the 110-hurdles on Friday, June 24.

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