Footing Affects Finley at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 8, 2013

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NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Central

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Competing against the nation's top throwers Friday afternoon, Wyoming junior Mason Finley put together a solid effort in the shot put but did not place at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Buena Vista, Colo., native fouled his three shot put throws and did not advance to the fourth round of throws to remain in competition at the meet.

"Unfortunately, Mason got into some foot foul trouble early in competition and was not able to find his technique by the third round, which was also a foot foul," said Wyoming associate head coach Paul Barrett. "It was a tough way to end his successful season, but hopefully will be a learning experience for future competition."

Three-time defending champion Jordan Clarke of Arizona State won his fourth consecutive title for the event as he won easily with a distance of 67'-3.25," nearly two feet farther than Texas Tech's Kole Weldon at 65'-8.25." Wisconsin's Danny Block finished third at 65'-7.50," while Richard Garrett of UT-San Antonio came in fourth at 65'-11."

Prior to NCAAs, Finley earned the nation's second-best shot put distance this season, throwing a school-record 65'-9.75" at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 25. The mark still stands as second-best in the NCAA for the 2013 indoor season.

After placing first in the shot put and second in the weight throw at the MW Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23, Finley was given the league's Male Most Outstanding Performer award to highlight his indoor season. He was also named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Male Athlete of the Year for his performances throughout the season.

Finley will redshirt the 2013 outdoor season then have a full year of eligibility for the 2013-14 indoor and outdoor seasons.

2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships - Shot Put
1.Jordan Clarke ... Arizona State ... 67'3.25"
2.Kole Weldon ... Texas Tech ... 65'8.25"
3.Danny Block ... Wisconsin ... 65'7.50"
4.Richard Garrett ... UT San Antonio ... 65'11"
5.Bozidar Antunovic ... UT Arlington ... 63'5"
6.Stephen Saenz ... Auburn ... 62'10"
7.Hayden Baillio ... Texas ... 62'6"
8.Jakob Engel ... Purdue ... 62'2.50"
9.Travis Smith ... Georgia ... 60'7.75"
10.Nick Vena ... Georgia ... 60'7.75"
11.Stephen Mozia ... Cornell ... 59'5"
12.Cody Riffle ... Michigan ... 59'4.25"
13.Jonathan Jones ... Buffalo ... 57'0"
14.Caleb Whitener ... Georgia ... 55'5"
Mason Finley ... Wyoming ... FOUL
Jon Arthur ... Stephen F. Austin ... FOUL