Jan. 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams get back to action on Saturday when the Cowboys and Cowgirls host Colorado State for the Border War Dual in Gillette, Wyo. Events in the shortened meet begin at 11:15 a.m. MT on the Campbell County Recreation Center's six-lane, 200-meter track. Admission is free to the event. Fans can follow live updates through Wyoming's official Twitter account @wyoathletics.
Wyoming started the indoor season by hosting the Power Meet on Dec. 6 in Laramie, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls collected 14 event titles. Senior thrower Mason Finley broke his own school record in the indoor shot put and set a facility record with a toss of 66-0 1/4. Sophomore jumper Scott Carter was the only Cowboy to win two events on the day, as he finished first in the long jump in 22-3 1/2 and first in the triple jump in 48-9. Freshman jumper 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 1/2 and the weight throw at 61-3 1/2.
"We really wanted to start this dual to get back to our rivalry roots in our sport," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Duals are something that used to be a lot more prevalent in track and field and I feel it's something the sport has kind of been missing. It will be shorter than a normal meet and gives our student-athletes a chance to compete for points instead of just marks. Plus, competing in Gillette is a nice outreach opportunity for our program, not to mention a chance to compete in a very nice facility. The staff at the rec center has been more than accommodating."
Last Time Out: Finley's Record Shot Put Highlights UW Power Meet
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 Dec. 6 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. 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."
Wyoming Tracksters in National Rankings
Five Cowboys and Cowgirls currently place in the top 50 of seven events in the latest national rankings. Senior Mason Finley is the top Cowboy at second in the shot put with a toss of 66-0 1/4, while junior Shreese Daniels is the top Cowgirl at 20th in the weight throw with a mark of 61-5 3/4. For a complete list, see page three of the notes.
The Wyoming track and field team added two Cowgirls to its roster with the start of the spring semester and both are foreign. Stephanie Wicksell, a native of Pretoria, South Africa, and Kerry White, a native of Te Aroha, New Zealand, will both be competing in the middle distances for the Cowgirls this season.
Finley Tabbed Mountain West Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Mason Finley was named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Dec. 17. The weekly accolade was the second of Finley's career and first for a Wyoming track and field student-athlete this season.
Finley notched one of the top indoor shot puts in the nation to win the event at Wyoming's Power Meet on Dec. 6 in War Memorial Fieldhouse. His throw of 66-0 1/4 broke his own school record of 65-9 3/4 he set last season at Air Force and also smashed the facility record of 65-6 3/4 by Colorado State's Magnus Lohse in 1995. The toss was the farthest in the NCAA at the time and ranked first in the nation, while currently leading the conference by 22 feet. Finley's individual event title was one of 14 by the Wyoming track and field team at the meet.
Finley Seeking to Add to Resume
Senior thrower Mason Finley is already an eight-time All-American and four-time NCAA runner-up, but he will surely add to that total for the Cowboys this winter and spring. Finely came to Wyoming last year and instantly made an impact. He competed indoors and smashed the school record for the shot put with a toss of 65-9 3/4. He advanced to the NCAA Championships with the second-seeded mark and earned Honorable Mention All-American to become UW's first Cowboy All-American since 2009. He redshirted outdoors, but still competed unattached and posted the fifth-best discus throw in the U.S. with a toss of 205-0.
More to Come
The current Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field roster contains a total of 15 top-three marks on Wyoming's all-time charts. Ten of those marks have come during the indoor season, including school records by Mason Finley in the shot put (65-9 3/4), Candace Wollert in the 800 meters (2:10.52) and Jenna Mann in the pentathlon (3,681 pts).
Wyoming continues its season at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24-25 in the Cadet Field House on the Air Force Academy. Events begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.