Dec. 6, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior Mason Finley broke his own school record in the indoor shot put and set a facility record to highlight 14 event titles for the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams at the Power Meet on Friday afternoon on the Hager-LeBar Indoor Track at War Memorial Fieldhouse. The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to win eight field events on the day.
"To come out in the first meet and break a school and facility record, when we've had some great throwers here in the past, is really a testament to him and coach [Paul] Barrett," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "What was really neat today was his consistency. He had great throws each time he stepped in the circle."
Finley's shot put of 66-0 ¼ on his fifth throw of the day broke his own school record of 65-9 ¾ he set last year at Air Force. The throw also broke the War Memorial Fieldhouse record of 65-6 ¾ set by Magnus Lohse of Colorado State in 1995 and is the farthest in the nation so far this indoor season. Sophomore Scott Carter was the only Cowboy to win two events on the day, as he finished first in the long jump in 22-3 ½ and first in the triple jump in 48-9. UW rounded out the field events with a win in the pole vault by sophomore Quinn Rivera in 14-8 ¾. On the track, junior Colin Herold won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.43, while graduate student Thomas Atkinson crossed the line first in the 600 meters in 1:25.
"The men had some good performances across the board today," Berryhill said. "It was great to see Scott Carter do well in two events, after breaking his ankle last season. Today's performance was the type that we knew we were going to get when he came into the program. Colin Herold's time in the hurdles was phenomenal as well."
Freshman Tabitha Briscoe made an impressive debut for the Cowgirls by winning the triple jump in 37-3 3/4 to tie for 10th on UW's all-time indoor chart. Junior Shreese Daniels was the only Cowgirl to win multiple events on the day with first-place finishes in the shot put at 47-8 ½ and the weight throw at 61-3 1/2. Sophomore Sabina Sandberg rounded out UW's titles in the field events by winning the high jump in 5-2 ¼. On the track, senior Jenna Mann won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.95 and sophomore Kereston Thomas won the 55 meters in 7.01. Senior Candace Wollert competed unattached and won the 600 meters in 1:38. The Wyoming women also on the 4x400-meter relay in 4:05.
"The women had very good performances on the track and in the field as well," Berryhill said. "The women didn't have one marquee event like Mason, but they performed well as a group. This meet is set up for the field events, but they showed that can be an area where we can score some points this season."
The Wyoming track and field teams are now off until hosting Colorado State for the Border War Dual on Jan. 18 in Gillette.