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Tragedy Strikes West Florida Athletics

first_img Share Tragedy Strikes West Florida Athletics March 24, 2008PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Athletic Department is deeply saddened by the untimely loss of one of their family. Sophomore cross country and track student-athlete Ashley Collis, 19, passed away on Saturday as a result of a car accident. She was traveling to the Atlanta area to be with her family for Easter when the accident occurred. This is the second tragedy within the UWF Athletic family this semester, as the women’s golf team lost Danielle Smith in a traffic accident in mid January.Collis previously attended Truitt McConnell College her freshman year, and graduated from John McEachern High School in her hometown of Powder Springs, Georgia. Collis had helped the Lady Bears of Truitt McConnell to a National Junior College Athletic Association Region title, as she finished in 8th place in the regional championship race. She was expected to compete very well for the Argos in the future, despite having to battle through various injuries during the fall cross country season.Head coach Matt Dobson said the team is very saddened by the event. “We are a very close knit unit, and Ashley had some great friendships among teammates. She was a very easy-going, likeable person, and such a positive influence on the rest of the team. She was just a great kid from a small town, a truly genuine person, and we are going to miss her.”Collis was scheduled to run in her first UWF track meet this weekend at the FSU Relays. Despite battling injuries this past cross country season, Collis ran in two meets and accompanied the team for several other meets, as she was dedicated to help the team in any way. Collis ran in the Mt. Dew Invitational at Gainesville this past fall, and ran in the Argos Invitational meet in late September, where she turned in a 24:52 for the 5K event.The entire men’s and women’s cross country teams are planning on making the trip to Marietta, Georgia to pay tribute to Ashley this week. The Collis family will receive friends at the funeral home, Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements. The funeral is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 26 at Macland Baptist Church. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Holloway warns QPR fans to stay off pitch

first_imgIan Holloway has urged QPR fans not to invade the pitch after Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.West London Sport recently revealed that the local authority and police had warned Rangers they face sanctions if fans enter the pitch after the final home game of the season.AdChoices广告The club subsequently confirmed they have been warned to ensure fans stay in their seats.Possible punishments include Rangers being fined or a reduced capacity being enforced for the final home match of next season.And manager Holloway told QPR’s website: “The fans have been unbelievable in backing us this campaign, in what has been a season of transition, and we want to thank each and every one of them – but we will only be able to do that if the supporters stay off the pitch.“The police and local authority have made it very clear to us, so I’m hoping commonsense prevails and we can all show our appreciation at full-time.” See also:QPR face punishment if fans invade pitchQPR ‘won’t give up’ after new Warren Farm delayLuongo is QPR’s player of the yearQPR take another look at Fulham youngsterLumley recalled by QPR because of Ingram injury Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more