Jan. 29, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Junior transfer Mason Finley has been named the Mountain West men's indoor track and field athlete of the week for his performance over the weekend at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Finley, a native of Buena Vista, Colo., took first place in the shot put last Saturday with a throw of 65'-9.75'', which ranks first in the MW by more than six feet and is currently the second-best distance in the nation. The mark also set a new Wyoming school record, breaking Jason Gervais' mark of 64'-7.00'' from the 2000 season.
""This is a much deserved honor for Mason, who opened his Cowboy career with an indoor shot put school record and the second-best meet of his life," said Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett."We are still in a heavy training phase, so it shows he is on the right track leading to the conference and NCAA Championships in a few weeks."
A transfer from the University of Kansas, Finley is an eight-time All-American and four-time NCAA runner-up (twice in the shot put and discus) and four-time Big 12 champion. He also competed in the weight throw and finished second with a distance of 61'-0.75'', beating a personal best of 60'-8.75." The shot put distance from Saturday is Finley's second-best personal mark as he once threw a 67'-11.50" while at Kansas. He will compete during the 2013 indoor season, redshirt the outdoor, and have a full year of eligibility for the 2013-14 season.
New Mexico's Josephine Moultrie was named the athlete of the week on the women's side. It is the first MW weekly honor for both Finley and Moultrie.
2012-13 Mountain West Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 11 - Jordin Andrade, Jr., Boise State
Jan. 15 - Joey Uhle, So., Air Force
Jan. 22 - Dylan Bell, Fr., Air Force
Jan. 29 - Mason Finley, Jr., Wyoming
2012-13 Mountain West Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 11 - Emma Bates, So., Boise State
Jan. 15 - Amber Menke, Sr., New Mexico
Jan. 22 - Shanieka Thomas, Jr., San Diego State
Jan. 29 - Josephine Moultrie, Sr., New Mexico