FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Razorback Foundation, honors track and field athlete Katie Stripling as a scholar-athlete award winner 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.
Stripling is one of six student-athletes who will be honored. A three-time All-American, SEC Champion and All-SEC honoree and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. She is the reigning SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the year and made SEC history in 2009 winning her third pole vault title.
"We are proud to recognize the many accomplishments of these six extraordinary student-athletes," athletic director Jeff 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 Michelle Stout (gymnastics) and Casey Jo 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 email@example.com.
RAZORBACK SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD – KATIE STRIPLING, WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
-Three-time SEC Champion and All-SEC honoree
-2009 SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year
-Made SEC history in 2009, winning her third pole vault title (second outdoors)
-Cleared 14-5.25 and won third-straight title in the outdoor pole vault (2007-09)
-14-5.25 is the school record, an SEC meet record and the NCAA’s best height in 2009
-Earned 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors and was a 2008 Academic All-District honoree
-Three-time member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-Academic Team
-School record holder in the indoor (14-3.25) and outdoor (14-5.25) pole vault
-Recorded the NCAA’s No. 2 mark indoors (14-3.25) and the No. 1 mark outdoors (14-5.25) in 2009