Crimson Club Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class


first_imgApril 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Crimson Club Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Athletics will be inducting three teams along with three former student-athletes into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame. The 2019 Hall of Fame class includes the 1981 Gymnastics Team, 1982 Gymnastics Team, 2004 Football Team, Kristina Baskett (Gymnastics), TorinKoos (Skiing) and Jeff Simonich (Track and Field). Robert Lovell Written by Torin Koos (Skiing)Koos was a three-time All-American skier at Utah. He finished seventh in the classical cross country race at the 2001 NCAA Championships and one year later, he placed fourth in the classical race and sixth in the freestyle. Koos won six U.S. sprint titles and competed in four Olympics (2002, ’06, ’10, ’14). He also ran track and cross country for the Utes. Kristina Baskett (Gymnastics)Kristina Baskett won the NCAA uneven bar championship as a freshman in 2006 and went on to win seven NCAA medals and 12 All-America awards in her career. In addition her gold on bars in 2006, she garnered two silver medals (2008 vault, 2009 all-around) and four bronze medals (2008 all-around, 2009 vault, 2009 bars, 2009 beam). Baskett led Utah to three NCAA runner-up finishes and one third-place finish. She is tied for fifth in career wins at Utah with 88. She was a first-team Academic All-American as a senior in 2009. Tags: Crimson Club/Crimson Club Hall of Fame/Jeff Simonich/Kristina Baskett/Torin Koos/Utah Utes Football/Utah Utes Gymnastics Jeff Simonich (Track & Field/Cross Country) Simonich won consecutive conference titles in the 5K (1998 and ’99) and also won the 3K at the 1999 WAC Indoor Championships. He also earned cross country All-America honors by finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships in 1999. He was an All-American in the 5K in 1998 and an All-American in the 3K and 5K in 1999.   1981 Gymnastics TeamIn its sixth year as an intercollegiate program, Utah Gymnastics won its first of 10 national titles at the 1981 AIAW National Championships. It would kick off a string of six consecutive national championships for the Utes from 1981-86. Greg Marsden was named National Coach of the Year in a 27-2 season. Megan McCunniff (later Marsden) and Linda Kardos were All-Americans in multiple events, including the all-around, while Diane Ellingson, Shannon Coleman and Eileen Huck also earned All-America honors.1982 Gymnastics Team Coming on the heels of its AIAW title the year before, Utah won the first NCAA gymnastics championship for women in 1982. Five Utah gymnasts (SueStednitz, Christa Canary, Megan McCunniff, Linda Kardos and Elaine Alfano) were awarded All-America honors and Greg Marsden was once again named the National Coach of the Year. Stednitz became the program’s first individual champion, winning NCAA titles in the all-around and on the balance beam.2004 Football Team Under head coach Urban Meyer, the 2004 Utes made history as the original “BCS Busters” when the 12-0 Utes became the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to be invited to a BCS Bowl. Quarterbacked by Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith, Utah finished No. 4 in the nation after beating Pittsburgh 35-7 in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was one of five Utes drafted after the historic season.last_img read more