Wayne County High School is proud to announce that Senior Elliott Cross signed with the
University of the Cumberlands and will be receiving a partial athletic scholarship.
Cross, the son of Christina and Gary Cross, is an excellent archer on the Wayne County Archery
Team. He has been devoted to the sport (both through the school program, as well as other
associations) for eight years and his dedication has paid off. The IT Computer Pathway student is
planning to study Applied Physics. He will be working towards an engineering degree through a
partnership with the University of the Cumberlands for three years, followed by two years at the
University of Kentucky.
Wayne County Schools Athletic Director Kevin Jones kicked off the ceremony held in the high
school media center. “This is a big day for Elliott. This is a big achievement to be able to continue your
education and be able to continue an activity you love.”
Wayne County Schools Archery Team Coach Forrest Shelton told the crowd, “As long as I’ve
been coach here, Elliott’s been here.” In addition, the star archer has been competitive in ASA, S3DA,
and 4-H Shooting.
“He has shot it all,” noted Coach Shelton. “He’s done everything he could possibly do in the
Shelton said he admired Elliott for being the same on a bad day, as he is on a good day. When
you are riding high things are great, but it is a lot harder to act the same during the down times, Shelton
He has gotten to such an advanced level that there is no room for error. “I’m so proud he has
made it to this point,” said Shelton. “I’m just really proud of Elliott and I’m going to miss him.”
Former Wayne County School archer Taylor Bell, who attends Lindsey Wilson College through an
archery scholarship, was present to congratulate Cross, along with other coaches and fellow archers.
The star archer has obtained three state championships (2016 S3DA Kentucky Indoor State
Champ MS Pins, 2017 S3DA Kentucky 3D State Champ HS Pins, and 2017 ASA Kentucky Federation State
Champ HS Pins) during his high school archery career. In addition, Elliott’s accomplishments include:
2017 ASA Pro/Am 2nd place HS Pins Shooter of the Year, 2017 S3DA National 3D Tournament 5th HS Pins,
2017 ASA Pro/Am Ft. Benning, GA 1st place HS Pins, 2017 ASA Pro/Am London, Ky 1st place HS Pins, and
2017 ASA Pro/Am Paris, TX 3rd place HS Pins.
College Archery Head Coach Kris Strebeck was happy to sign the local archer to The Patriots
Team, which participates in the Mid-South Conference. “He is a good shooter and he knows a lot of my
kids. So, the chemistry is already there. He’s already shot with my team members in the Archery
Shooters Association and the S3DA.”
Strebeck said the University of the Cumberland’s Archery program is fairly new and has been
successful. “We were the first college in the state to offer archery, We’ve won eight national titles,” said
the head coach. “We are the reigning conference champions, so we have been very successful in a short
period of time.”
Strebeck also commended Cross on his academic success because his performance has been
really good. He is going to fit in well and drive our team to wins in the NAI Mid-South Conference next
“I’m excited to get on campus and be at college,” said Cross.
He began shooting in the fifth grade and is excited for the opportunity to continue the sport he
loves. His Dad served as one of his coaches for part of the years he has been at home. Plus, he and his
family have traveled across the country for archery competitions for several years.
“Coach Shelton has been like a second dad to me. He has done all he could do for me and I
appreciate it,” said Cross. He also wished to thank his S3DA Coaches Bobby and Kristi Upchurch, and his
ASA family, along with mentors, Jerome Barrier and Phillip Boils.
Cross has a 3.9 GPA (weighted 4.4 GPA) at Wayne County High School with 33 hours of dual
credit courses completed. He is heavily involved in the FCA and a member of the Teenage Republican
Club. “The teachers have done a great job as far as my educational purposes. They try their best and will
help us any way they can,” he noted.
Elliott Cross accompanied by his family signs to become an archer at University of Cumberlands
(L-R) Top row: S3DA Coach Bobby Upchurch, WCHS Archery Coach Forrest Shelton, S3DA Coach Kristi Upchurch, UC Head Coach Kris Strebeck, Asst. UC Coach Caleb Kirby
Bottom row: Gary Cross, Elliott Cross, Christina Cross, Morgan Cross
(L-R) Top row: Kenzie Gaines, Courtnie Carr, Taylor Bell
Bottom row: Jase Boils, Elliott Cross, Aaron Adams