April 7, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Eight University of Wyomingstudent-athletes were announced as honorees to the 1999-2000 NationalStrength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-America Athletes of theYear team. Carrie Bacon (women's basketball), Jamie Burke (volleyball),Robin Lyons (track and field) and Wendy O'Connell (diving) are thefemale athletes from UW honored by the NSCA. Trent Gamble (football),Jason Hammond (track and field), Corey Hamrick (wrestling) and Brian VanEmmerik (football), are the male athletes being honored from UW.
The NCSA recognizes student-athletes whose athletic accomplishments, inthe opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strengthtraining and conditioning. These student-athletes are alsorecognized for their academic and personal accomplishments, as well astheir integrity. The NCSA All-America Strength and Conditioning Team issponsored by Power Systems, Inc.
Here are some highlights on each of the seven UW student-athletes toearn 1999-2000 NSCA All-America honors.
Carrie BaconSophomore/ Exercise Physiology6-1 Basketball/ForwardColorado Springs, Colo.Personal Bests: Bench Press- 145 pounds, Squat- 215 pounds, PowerClean- 143 pounds,Vertical Jump- 21.5" Bacon was named a First Team 1999-2000 Mountain West Conferenceselection. She scored a career high 34 points against UNLV on 3/4/00.She also was the conference's second leading scorer during the 1999-2000season. "Carrie is considered by our staff as "work" personified. Since herfirst day in this program, she has set forth goals and achieved them.Carrie is an asset to the program." said head UW strength andconditioning coach Scott Bennett.
Jamie BurkeJunior/Education5-10 Volleyball/Outside HitterSteamboat Springs, Colo.Personal Bests: Bench Press- 140 pounds, Squat- 285 pounds, Power Clean-170.5 pounds,Vertical Jump- 25" Burke led the Cowgirl volleyball team in during the 1999 season indigs, recording 241. She was voted the teams Most Improved Player as afreshman and a sophomore."Jamie is a goal orientated worker who takes pride in accomplishment.She is a strong lifter and a tireless worker. Her goals set the standardfor her teammates to chase." said UW strength and conditioning graduateassistant Anne Stohrer.
Robin LyonsSenior/Exercise Science5-9 Track and Field (Throws)Panoka, Alberta, CanadaPersonal Bests: Bench Press- 225 pounds, Squat- 330 pounds, PowerClean- 215 pounds,Vertical Jump- 26" Lyons is one of the elite female throwers in the country. She is athree-time All-American and won the Mountain West Conference title thisseason in the 20-pound weight throw. Lyons also holds three UW schoolrecords in the 20-pound weight throw (70'11 1/4"), the discus (177'4")and the hammer (206'0"). She also set a Canadian national record in the20-pound weight throw. "Her dedication in the weight room has made the difference." said UWhead track coach Larry Judge.
Wendy O'ConnellJunior/Business Management5-6 DivingEvanston, Wyo.Personal Bests: Bench Press- 135 pounds, Squat- 205 pounds, PowerClean- 132 pounds,Vertical Jump- 20" O'Connell placed fourth in the platform, 10th in the one-meter and 11thin the three-meter at the 2000 Mountain West Conference Swimming andDiving Championships helping lead the Cowgirls to a fourth-place teamfinish. She also competed at the 2000 Zone "E" Diving Championships.O'Connell was named MWC women's diver of the week on Feb. 2, 2000. Shehas the fifth best diving score all-time at UW in the one-meter (6dives). "Wendy does a great job of pushing the people around her. She is anasset to our team and I hope her enthusiasm has rubbed off on others."said UW assistant strength and conditioning coach Je'Ney Jackson.
Trent GambleSenior/Finance5-9, 187 pounds Football/CornerbackParker, Colo.Personal Bests: Bench Press- 400 pounds, Squat- 500 pounds, PowerClean- 325 pounds,Vertical Jump- 38", 40-yard dash- 4.31 seconds One of the fastest players on last years Cowboy football team, Gamblestarted all 11 games at the cornerback position as a senior for UW. Heended the season with 60 tackles, one sack, three interceptions andbroke up nine passes. Gamble was named to the 1999 Mountain WestConference All-Academic Team. "Trent is a blue-collar worker, a self starter and a great leader,"said UW strength and conditioning graduate assistant Anne Stohrer. "Notonly does he lead by example, but also with works of direction anddrive. His performance numbers speak volumes about him as a person."
Jason HammondJunior/Exercise Science6-1, 290 pounds Track and Field (Throws)Fresno, Calif.Personal Bests: Bench Press- 500 pounds, Squat- 750 pounds, PowerClean- 380 pounds,Vertical Jump- 30", 40-yard dash- 4.7 seconds Hammond was a 2000 NCAA Championships qualifier in the 35-pound weightthrow and shot put. He ranks in the top five all-time at UW in the35-pound weight throw, shot put and hammer. "Jason's commitment in the weight room has contributed to hisimprovement throwing," said UW head track coach Larry Judge.
Corey HamrickSenior/Physical Education5-7, 133 pounds WrestlingWheatland, Wyo.Personal Best: Bench Press- 255 pounds, Squat- 450 pounds, Power Clean-270 pounds,Vertical Jump- 27", 40-yard dash- 4.8 seconds Hamrick's 1999-2000 season record was 24-13. He qualified for the 2000NCAA Wrestling Championships after placing third at the 2000 WesternRegionals in the 133-pound weight class. He was ranked as high asnumber 15 in the nation this past season in his weight class. He endedhis career with 85 total wins. "Corey is a self-motivated athlete," said UW assistant strength andconditioning coach Je'Ney Jackson. "I sometimes have to protect him fromhimself. He will be hurt and not tell anyone because he knows howimportant it is to lift."
Brian Van EmmerikSenior/Business6-2, 268 pounds Football/Defensive LineSalem, S.D.Personal Best: Bench Press- 425 pounds, Squat- 600 pounds, Power Clean-341 pounds,Vertical Jump- 32", 40-yard dash- 5.04 seconds A two year starter for the Wyoming football team, Van Emmerik ended the1999 season with 44 tackles and was second on the team with five sacks. "Brian is a vocal leader, a hard worker and a tough competitor," saidUW head strength and conditioning coach Scott Bennett.