Gymnast Kristen Kenoyer was a 16-time All-American during her career at Utah.
April 19, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame/Senior Awards Banquet will take place Monday, April 24. The banquet, which also honors graduating Ute senior student-athletes, will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.
The 2006 Hall of Fame inductees are men's skier Alan Engen, men's tennis player Greg Holmes, women's gymnast Kristen Kenoyer and women's track and field athlete Traci Stevens. Tickets are available to the public for $40. Reservations will be taken until noon on Friday by calling (801) 585-8837. There will be a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m.
The Engen name is synonymous with Utah skiing. Alan's dad, Alf, was one of the founders of Alta Ski Resort. Alan skied for the University of Utah from 1958-62. He was chosen team co-captain and named All-American. Engen placed second at the National Alpine Championships in 1960 and was third at the NCAA Championship the same year.
A versatile skier during his college days, Engen won Intermountain Senior Championships in the downhill, downhill/slalom, and jumping. He also won the Ski Meister four-way title at the University of Nevada Winter Carnival in 1961. In 1963 he won the first-recorded alpine gelande tournament ever held in the United States.
In more recent years, Engen won the United States Ski Association-Intermountain Masters series title six times. He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as an Olympic torchbearer in Atlanta in 1996 and again for the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.
Engen is a recognized ski historian in the Intermountain region and is the author of two historical books on skiing. He was one of the primary forces behind the creation of the Alf Engen Ski Museum, currently in operation at the Utah Olympic Park. Alan and his wife Barbara have two sons and four granddaughters.
Holmes made school history in 1983 by becoming the first Ute netter to win an NCAA singles title. As sophomore, Holmes posted a 48-4 singles record, which included 24 straight victories on the way to winning the NCAA Championship. He also captured both the Western Athletic Conference singles and doubles crowns. Homles was named an All-American as well as the ITCA National Player of the Year.
Following his sophomore season, Holmes made the U.S. Pan American Games team. He won the gold medal in singles and the bronze in mixed doubles. Holmes, who used a unique two-handed grip, also made it to the round of 16 of the U.S. Open and played on the U.S. Davis Cup team that competed in Ireland.
Turning professional after two years at the U., Holmes played in the U.S. Open six times, reaching the round of 16 twice more. He also played in Wimbledon six times and the Australian and French Open tournaments twice. During his seven-year career he twice beat Jimmy Connors and had wins over Andre Agassi, Aaron Krickstein and Tim Mayotte, to name a few.
Holmes came back to the U. to finish his bachelor's degree in geography in 1995. He is currently employed as director of business development for Claibrus. Greg and his wife, Nesha, live in Phoenix and are the parents of three children.
Kenoyer was named All-America 16 times during her career, including 14 first team citations--more than any gymnast in Utah history and the third-most in NCAA history.
After earning a spot on the USA National Gymnastics Team from 1988-90, Kenoyer helped the Utes win national championships in 1990 and `92, finish second in `91 and third in `93. As a freshman in 1990, Kenoyer placed third in the all-around at nationals. She won the vault championship in 1992, making her only the third Ute ever to win an NCAA vault title.
In 1991 Kenoyer competed for the silver medallist USA team at the World University games where she won a bronze medal on the floor exercise. She was honored as one of Utah's top 25 all-time female athletes in 1999. Kenoyer earned a bachelor's and master's degree from the U.
Since leaving the U., Kenoyer has served as a commentator for NBC at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, coached high school gymnastics and run her own gymnastics club. She has also been a private sports nutrition consultant since 1995 and a USAG judge since 2001. She has run four marathons, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, and has competed in numerous triathlons.
Kristen and her husband, former Ute swimmer Ed Woodland, live in Eagle, Colo., and are the parents of four children. They are expecting their fifth child in June.
Stevens still holds both the indoor and outdoor school records in the high jump, and is a former record holder in the Western Athletic Conference for both events. During her three seasons at Utah from 1990-92, Stevens was a three-time conference champion, a five time all-conference selection and earned invitations to compete in three indoor and two outdoor NCAA Championships.
As a senior, Stevens proved her consistency by clearing marks above the six-foot barrier in six consecutive meets, earning a No. 1 ranking among all collegiate high jumpers. She was named All-America and closed out her collegiate career by earning an invitation to compete in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Stevens graduated from Utah in 1992 with a degree in sociology. She returned to the U. in 1994 as an assistant track coach and spent the next five years working with the jumpers and multi-event athletes. Stevens is currently in her fourth season as an assistant track coach at Grantsville High School.
An accomplished violinist, Stevens and teaches young musicians. She also performs in pit orchestras for local musicals, in a quartet for special events, and in the Tooele Area Community Orchestra. A graduate of Granger High School, Traci married Val W. Stevens in 1991. The couple has built a pharmacy business from the ground up. They currently reside in Grantsville with their three children.