PORTLAND, Maine – Senior Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team earned the first-ever America East Award of Valor at the conference's annual awards dinner Tuesday evening. His nomination will be forwarded on to the NCAA Award of Valor.
A four-year track and field athlete for the Wildcats, Lyle made the decision forgo the remainder of his senior season as well as his throwing career in order to donate bone marrow to save the life of an anonymous recipient battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The decision came just weeks before the Penn Relays, the America East Conference Championships and the IC4A Championships.
After receiving the distinction from the conference, Lyle's act will be sent to the NCAA as a nominee for the NCAA Award of Valor, an honor that has only been bestowed 15 times since 1974.
The NCAA Award of Valor may be presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution who, when confronted with a situation involving personal danger, averted or minimized potential disaster by courageous action or noteworthy bravery.