FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Razorback Foundation, honors gymnasts Michelle Stout and Casey Jo Magee at its annual Razorback Red Tie Dinner, auction and Salute to Excellence Awards banquet Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark.
This year marks the 13th season the Razorbacks have honored a student-athlete. In addition, it is the largest group of honorees with six student-athletes being recognized.
Stout and Magee are two of six student-athletes who will be honored sharing Athlete of the Year recognition.
Stout is a five-time All-American who finished fifth on vault and sevent on bars at the 2009 NCAA Championships. A school record-holder on the vault and the all-around, Stout is a member of the 2009 All-SEC Second-Team, the SEC Community Service team selection from 2009 and a member of the NACGC/W All-Academic Team.
Magee is a four-time Second-Team All-American who won the 2009 SEC beam title and first-team honors last year. She holds 40 individual titles at Arkansas and she along with Stout, paced Arkansas to a program-best fifth place at the 2009 NCAA Super Six.
"We are proud to recognize the many accomplishments of these six extraordinary student-athletes," Long said. "These young men and women are outstanding representatives of the University of Arkansas and the more than 462 student-athletes in the Razorback program. We look forward to a memorable evening as the University community, the athletic department and friends of the Razorback program come together to celebrate the achievements of our honorees in the classroom, in athletic competition and in the community."
The 2009-10 honorees include two Razorback Scholar-Athlete award winners in Stripling and Dorian Ulrey (men’s track and field), three Razorback Athletes of the Year in Stout (gymnastics), Magee (gymnastics) and Ben Tschepikow (baseball) and the Spirit of the Razorback Award which will be awarded to D.J. Williams (football).
Each year, the Razorbacks recognize student-athletes whose performance throughout their careers serves to lift up their sport to new heights and whose character exemplifies the goals of the athletic department.
In addition to the dinner, attendees will enjoy a social hour before dinner as well as live and silent auctions.
This year’s event takes place at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark., and tickets are available to the general public for $100 each. In addition, table sponsorships are available. For tickets or more information about being a sponsor call Jessica Dorrell at 479-575-7141 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAZORBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – CASEY JO MAGEE, GYMNASTICS-Four-time Second-Team All-American-2009 SEC beam champion and the 2009 NCAA SC Regional beam and floor champion-Eleven all-around titles, including the first five of the season in 2009 (40 total titles)-School record-holder on beam (9.95) and all-around (39.525)-Her routines have counted 92% of the time toward the team score-NCAA Individual all-around qualifier 2007-Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member-Multiple time SEC Gymnast of the Week honors-All-SEC First-Team in 2009 (balance beam)-Led Arkansas to the NCAA Championship for the third time and the NCAA Super Six for the first time, and finished fifth in the nation in 2009-Led Arkansas to the NCAA South Central Region title in 2009
RAZORBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – MICHELLE STOUT, GYMNASTICS-Five-time All-American-Fifth on vault and seventh on bars at 2009 NCAA Championship individual event finals-2009 NCAA South Central Regional and NCAA Championship Session II vault champion-School record-holder on vault (9.975) and in the all-around (39.525)-Completed 149 routines with 93 percent of those counting toward the team score-Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member-NACGC/W Academic Team 2007-SEC Gymnast of the Week honors-Selected to the NCAA Leadership Conference 2008-All-SEC Second Team 2009 (vault)-SEC Community Service Team 2009-Led Arkansas to the NCAA Championship for the third time and the NCAA Super Six for the first time, and finished fifth in the nation in 2009-Led Arkansas to the NCAA South Central Region title in 2009