May. 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded four University of Wyoming senior athletes with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award. Ashley Elliott, Zach Morris, Sarah Skinner and Jay Straight were recognized by the NSCA for their dedication to strength training and athletic conditioning.
"This award gives these student athletes a well deserved reward for their work ethics over their careers at Wyoming," said UW strength and conditioning coach Scott Bennett. "These students have used strength and conditioning to their benefit and to the benefit of their teams. The NSCA gives us an outlet to honor student athletes at Wyoming who use our strength and conditioning facilities, and these four seniors exemplify those attributes."
Elliott, a senior guard on the Cowgirl basketball team led the Cowgirls in several categories this season including scoring (17.1 ppg), assists (4.0 aspg), steals (2.6 spg), free throw percentage (112-130, .862) and three-point percentage (62-174, .356). The Flagstaff, Ariz. native finishes her career as one of the top players in Cowgirl history. She was a two-time First Team All-MWC selection as a junior and senior, while earning Honorable Mention All-Conference during her sophomore year. She also ranks among the Top-15 in 10 of12 career categories in school history. She is one of 14 players in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark and with 1,425 points ranks eighth all-time.
Morris, a senior defensive tackle on the UW football team, was named to the First Team All-MWC defensive team following the 2004 season.The Denver, Colo. native started and played in 11 of the Cowboys 12 games in 2004, while recording 30 tackles. He led the Pokes with 4.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss and ranked third in the MWC in the tackles for loss category.
Skinner, a senior midfielder on the Cowgirl soccer team, started 18 games in 2004. In her career, she started 67 games, the third most in UW history. She scored one goal in 2004, the game winner in UW's 1-0 double overtime win over Northern Colorado. She scored five career goals and added four career assists. She was also an academic all-conference selection three times in her career.
Straight, a senior point guard on the Cowboy basketball team, was named First Team All-MWC following the 2004-05 season. The Chicago, Ill. native was the third highest scorer in the MWC as he averaged 18.0 points a game while averaging a league high 39.61 minutes a game. He averaged 5.29 assists a game, which ranked second in the MWC and tied for 35th in the NCAA. He leaves Wyoming as the All-Time MWC assist leader with 453 career assists.
This year, the NSCA awarded 251 collegiate athletes from over 100 schools with this esteemed award.