March 20, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Fresh off a successful indoor season, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams start the outdoor portion of their 2013-14 campaign at the Jerry Quiller Classic on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Hosted by the University of Colorado, running and field events for the meet begin at 11 a.m. MT at Potts Field.
Senior thrower Mason Finley concluded Wyoming's indoor season at the NCAA Championships last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Finley entered the meet with the fourth-furthest shot put in the nation and, true to form, finished fourth with a toss of 65-0 to earn his 10th career All-America accolade. The last team competition was the Mountain West Indoor Championships on March 1, where the Cowgirls claimed their highest finish ever at the meet with second and the Cowboys placed fifth. Finley, junior Holly Page and sophomore Kereston Thomas won individual titles in their respective events at the meet.
"This meet will be a good starting point for the team," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "It's kind of like going back to the beginning of the indoor season. We want to start with this first meet and get better every week. We'll see where the kids are at after three weeks of training and go from there. We are coming off a good indoor season as a team, but have to stay excited and stay hungry. We can't be content."
Last Time Out: Wyoming's Finley Collects 10th All-America Honor
Wyoming's Mason Finley finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 15 with a throw of 65-0 (19.81 meters) in the Albuquerque Convention Center to collect his 10th All-America honor. Finley's throw was his furthest ever at the NCAA indoor meet and he is the first Cowboy to earn back-to-back All-America accolades since Jack Shanklin in 2008-09.
"He competed pretty well today considering he battled a sinus infection all week," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said. "He went after it pretty well and it was his farthest throw ever at the NCAA championships. This should set him up well for outdoors, so we are pleased overall."
Finley, a native of Buena Vista, Colo., entered the meet with the fourth-furthest throw at 66-3 1/4 (20.20 meters), which he threw at Wyoming's Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 21 in War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Top-10 Marks Piling Up
The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined to post 12 new top-10 marks at the MW Indoor Championships on Feb. 27-March 1. The Wyoming men notched five marks, including a school-record 7.89 in the 60-meter hurdles by freshman Jordan Charles. The Wyoming women earned seven marks, including a school-record 3,898 points in the pentathlon by senior Jenna Man. The current Cowboy roster owns 16 individual marks in Wyoming's all-time top 10, including one school record, while the Cowgirls have 22 individual marks and two school records.
Nine Wyoming Track & Field Athletes Earn All-MW Honors
Nine members of the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams were named to the Mountain West All-Conference Teams, which were announced March 3 by the league office. Five Cowgirls and four Cowboys earned the distinction for Wyoming's highest total since 11 in 2011. All-Conference selections were awarded to the top-three finishers in each event at the MW Indoor Championships.
Senior Mason Finley highlighted the honorees for the Cowboys with his third indoor All-MW award. He won the shot put at the conference indoor meet for the second-straight year with a toss of 64-7. Graduate student Harry Fisher and freshman Jordan Charles earned their first indoor honor thanks to runner-up finishes in their respective events. Charles set a new school record in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.89, while Fisher finished five one-hundredths of a second behind the winner in the 800 meters in 1:51.13. Junior Kyle Sullivan finished third in the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,262 points, just 12 points shy of Wyoming's school record, for his first indoor All-MW award.
For the Cowgirls, senior Jenna Mann earned the distinction for a second-straight season thanks to a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. She tied her personal best with a time of 8.47. Sophomore Kereston Thomas and junior Holly Page earned their first indoor All-MW accolades thanks to titles in the 200 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. Thomas ran a 24.27 for second in school history and Page posted a 17:50.00. Junior Shreese Daniels and redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano claimed their first indoor All-MW honors as well thanks to runner-up finishes in their events. Daniels threw 65-5 in the weight throw, while DeStefano ran 17:50.19 in the 5,000 meters.
Berryhill has coached 17 student-athletes to MW All-Conference accolades in his first two years at Wyoming, after eight student-athletes earned the honor last season.
Wyoming travels west to the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic next weekend in Riverside, Calif.