Where Are They Now Archive - Jesseca Cross

Periodically during the 2005-06 season a different former UW Cowgirl basketball player will be featured. She will be asked to answer a variety of questions and will provide information on what has happened in her life since her playing days at Wyoming.


On each current Cowgirl locker is a placard that lists their jersey number, followed by the names of all former Cowgirls who have worn that number.

A First Team All-WAC selection in 1995-96, while earning Second Team honors in 1996-97. She was also a three-time Academic All-WAC and Scholar Athlete selection during her career. Cross still ranks among the Top 10 in several career categories in school history including points, rebounds, assists and steals among others.

- Graduated in 1998, BS in Broadcasting & minor in Marketing
- Paul Cross (dad), Linda Cross (mom), Paula Cross(younger sister), Michele Johnson (middle sister)
- Currently living in Fayetteville/Springdale, Arkansas
- Certified Personal Trainer at the FayettevilleAthletic Club (2001-present)

"Since finishing my basketball career, I went through some big changes athletically. I was a dual sport athlete competing in track and field during the outdoor season. After red-shirting my junior year to focus on my senior year in basketball, I had the 97-98 year totally for track. In that year, I became a three-time All-American in the shot put and 20# weight throw. I broke UW's records in all of those events plus the hammer at that time. Long story short, I then stayed the next two years as a G.A. for the team and continued to throw for the NYAC (New York Athletic Club). I earned a spot on the 2000 Olympic team in both the shot and hammer (2nd in shot and 3rd in hammer). My highlight was being the first woman in the world to throw both of those events in Olympic history. I moved to Denver after the Olympics and was done competing. I then decided to throw again in Fayetteville, Arkansas under a new coach. I ended up retiring a year later. I am now a master's certified personal trainer at the Fayetteville Athletic Club, training others to be fit. I have also done some bodybuilding shows and adventure racing in my spare time.

"Basketball at UW inspired one of the most dramatic changes in my life. I firmly believe that nothing happens by chance. One of my most self-defeating experiences my freshman year was the key to my future. The Division I level shocked me and I wasn't prepared physically nor mentally to compete. My habits of bad eating and conditioning landed me a spot at the end of the bench, and that was the best experience of my entire career. I then faced the challenge of becoming a team player. I had to make a decision to change my selfish ways so that I could better the team. And I did. That work ethic has grown ever since, and that same work ethic is what I demand from my clients today. Basketball also taught me about friendships and that the journey is the best part of the experience. The end result is just the bonus. I now look back and wish I would have savored every moment, but I did learn from every situation. My favorite memory during my basketball career would be the summer before my senior year. We had a terrible year my junior year. Most of us decided to stay and do everything possible to make the senior year the best. We had a complete turnaround. Two-a-days....lifting during our lunch hour...playing in the evening...conditioning in the morning. The result, 5 total points in 3 games kept us from a 20-win season. The memory is one of commitment and sacrifice, and putting our differences away."

If you would like to contact Jesseca Cross, her e-mail address is:: jcross2004@yahoo.com