Former Ute All-American Suzanne Metz will be inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.
Feb. 26, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY -
The University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame will induct four former greats at a banquet on Monday, April 20 in the Salt Lake City Hilton. Honored at the 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Ali Andrus-Sagas (softball), Billy Cowan (baseball, basketball), Luther Elliss (football) and Suzanne Metz (gymnastics).
Tickets to the banquet - which also honors the seniors on this year's teams - are available to the public for a cost of $50. Reservations can be made by calling 801-585-8837. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m.
As a freshman in 1994, Andrus pitched Utah to the College World Series and earned second-team All-America honors. The Western Athletic Freshman of the Year set a number of school records that season, including most wins (32), winning percentage (.800), ERA (.061), shutouts (17), strikeouts (270) and complete games (35). Twelve years after completing her career in 1997, Andrus remains Utah's career record-holder for wins (89, tie), complete games (109), strikeouts (809) and shutouts (44). She threw six no-hitters in her career, including two perfect games. Andrus was a first-team all-conference selection in 1994 and 1995.
Cowan starred for Utah's basketball and baseball teams in the late 1950s, lettering three years in basketball (1958-60) and two years in baseball (1959-60). He co-captained the 1959-60 Runnin' Ute basketball team that beat USC in the NCAA first round, and after losing to Oregon in the West Regional semi-finals, came back to win the consolation game against Santa Clara. Cowan later embarked on an eight-year Major League Baseball career, playing with the Cubs (1963-64), Mets (1965), Braves (1965), Phillies (1967), Yankees (1969) and Angels (1969-72). He played in 493 games in his MLB career as both an outfielder and infielder (he played every infield position).
Elliss, a three-time all-conference defensive lineman, became Utah's first Consensus All-American as a senior in 1994. The 1994 Utes went 10-2--the most wins in school history at that time--and cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history. A three-time all-conference selection, Elliss still holds Utah's record for career tackles for loss with 47. He led the league in tackles for loss as a sophomore and in sacks as a junior. After his senior season, he was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions with the No. 20 overall pick. Elliss played 10 years in the NFL - starting for eight seasons - and played in the 2000 and 2001 Pro Bowls. He spent nine years with Detroit before playing a final season with the Denver Broncos in 2004.
Metz, a 10-time All-American, competed for three Utah NCAA Championship teams in 1992, 1994 and 1995 (the 1993 Utes placed third in the nation). On March 25, 1995, Metz broke the NCAA all-around record, scoring a 39.95. That mark, which still stands as a Utah record, included a 10.0 on vault and floor, and a 9.975 on bars and beam. Metz won all but one all-around competition going into the 1995 national championships, including the regional all-around title. She placed third in the all-around at the 1995 NCAA Championships. Metz remains the only all-arounder in NCAA history to make it through an entire season without a fall--hitting 56-of-56 routines as a senior in 1995.