Arizona State women’s track standout Sarah Stevens has been named a winner of the NCAA Top VIII Award, the association announced Tuesday. A 15-time All-American, Stevens completed her athletic eligibility last spring when she earned All-America honors in all five events she entered at the NCAA championships (two indoor, three outdoor).
The Top VIII Award recognizes current student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility for their success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. Stevens, who competed in the shot put, discus, hammer and weight throw, is just the second Sun Devil to earn the prestigious honor from the NCAA following track-and-field standout Gea Johnson earning the first distinction for ASU in 1992.
• A field of 112 contestants from 15 states and five countries will tee it up at the 39th annual Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship presented by the AB Farrington Foundation starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28-30 at the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain. Phoenix Xavier’s Kaira Martin, 17, the state’s 5A-I champion and player of the year, heads a stellar lineup of Arizona residents (24) in this nationally recognized tournament that is open to all qualified young women amateur golfers, ages 13 through 23.
• Tournament Chairman David Rauch announced Tuesday that Billy Mayfair will receive the first sponsor exemption for the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rauch and the tournament host Thunderbirds will hand out a total of eight sponsor exemptions for the tournament, scheduled to be played at TPC Scottsdale, February 22 – 28.