March 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After a record-breaking indoor track and field season, junior Mason Finley was honored Monday morning as the 2013 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year.
The Buena Vista, Colo., native holds the second-best throw among collegians this season in the shot put (65'-9.75" / 20.06m), which broke Wyoming's school record of 64'-7" held by Jason Gervais from the 2000 season.
"This is a nice recognition for Mason to show that his hard work from the fall is paying off," said UW associate head coach Paul Barrett. "He has been a great competitor, and has represented the Cowboys very well over the indoor season leading up to the NCAA Indoor Championships this week."
At the MW Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23, Finley was given the league's Most Outstanding Overall Male Performer award with his shot put title and second-place finish in the weight throw. His shot put distance of 65'-1.50" was over five feet farther than the runner-up. He also competed in the shot put at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational where he placed second at 65'-1.50."
Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka was named the Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year, while Northern Arizona's Eric Heins was recognized as the Mountain Region Coach of the Year.
Finley will compete in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday, Mar. 8, in Fayetteville, Ark. The event is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MT.