Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Nov. 19, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Following are periodic highlights of selected University of Wyoming student-athletes, detailing recent performances and their contributions to their respective UW teams.

Check out these reports on Cowgirl basketball player Ashley Elliott, wrestler Samuel Wendland, cross country runner Jennifer Thompson and Cowboy basketball player Steve Leven.

Ashley Elliott, G, 5-7, Sr., Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sinagua HS)


Senior Ashley Elliott

Ashley Elliott, a senior from Sinagua High School in Flagstaff, Arizona and the rest of the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball season kicked off the season with two wins last weekend over Adams State and Colorado School of Mines. The returning all-conference player had two solid games in limited action. Against Adams State, Elliot had 12 points but had team highs with six boards, five assists, and three steals. However, her best game was against the School of Mines where she had 19 points in 22 minutes of action along with three assists and two steals. In addition to a great start this season, Elliot was also named preseason All-Mountain West Conference for the second straight year. This season, Elliot and the Cowgirls hope to build off of the momentum from last year when they got past the first round of the MWC tournament with their first tournament win in 14 years. The Cowgirls hope to keep the ball rolling Friday against Kansas State and return home for a game on Sunday against Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Samuel Wendland, Junior, 184, Bozeman, Mont.


Junior Samuel Wendland

Samuel Wendland, a junior from Bozeman, Montana, kicked off his wrestling season with a bang this weekend. The weekend for the University of Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team started the season on Friday when they took on the University of Oregon Ducks. Wendland began the dual at 184 pounds and got the Cowboys off to a quick start with an 11-6 win over Chet McBee. The Cowboys eventually won a hard fought dual 30-16. On Sunday, Wendland competed in the 32nd Annual Cowboy Open in the 184 pound weight class. The standout junior went on to win the tournament by out-grappling Montana State Northern's Jessee Juarez 8-7 in the finals. Wendland went 3-0 on the day with the win and a pin in the semis in 50 seconds against McBee. The Cowboys are looking for big things from Wendland this winter season and he hopes to get back to the NCAA tournament again this year. Wendland and some of his Cowboy teammates will travel to Omaha, Neb. in split squad action this weekend, while others from the team will go to Greeley, Colo.

Jennifer Thompson, Sr., Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne Central)


Senior Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson, a senior from Cheyenne, Wyo. is on her way to the NCAA Cross Country Championships to represent the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Cross Country team. Thompson has had a great season on the courses this fall and hopes it will continue at Terra Haute, Indiana this weekend. The senior harrier carried the Cowgirls to a third place finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships, their highest showing ever in the conference. She finished seventh there, earning all-conference honors. Last weekend at the NCAA Mountain Regional, she finished 11th which was good enough for the All-Mountain Region team. A few other Cowgirls finished just outside the requirement to go to the NCAA Championships, but they helped to get the Cowgirls to a fifth place finish. Even though Thompson is the only Cowgirl runner competing this weekend, don't count her out of the race.

Steve Leven, G, 6-5, 190, RSo., RS, Airds, New South Wales (Texas)


Sophomore Steve Leven

Steve Leven, a redshirt sophomore from Airds, New South Wales, Australia, whose last school was Texas before transferring to Wyoming, enjoyed a great exhibition season with the Wyoming Men's Basketball team. Leven scored in double figures for two straight games against Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Against the School of Mines, Leven had 11 points along with some solid defensive contributions in the Pokes' 76-72 OT win. "Steve stepped up in the last few minutes and did a good job defensively," says Head Coach Steve McClain. Against UCCS, Leven had another solid game with 14 points, nine boards, four assists, and five steals. He was the second leading scorer on the team for the game as the Cowboys won 99-50. Leven and the rest of the Cowboy Basketball team return to the court this weekend in Laramie against Alcorn State on Friday and versus Princeton on Monday, as the Cowboys hope to get off to a great start this season.