April 15, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -Mt. SAC Relays | Beach Invite | Clay Invite
For the second weekend in a row, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams will compete in three meets. The Cowboys and Cowgirls head west this time for the Mt. SAC Relays on Wednesday through Saturday in Walnut, Calif., while a majority of the team will also compete in the Beach Invite on Saturday in Norwalk, Calif. A small contingent of UW athletes will head to the Brian Clay Invite on Friday in Azusa, Calif. Schedules and live results for each meet can be found in the links above.
Wyoming kept building momentum from a strong start to the outdoor season at three meets last weekend in Utah and Colorado. Freshman Jordan Charles paced a strong performance from the UW hurdlers at the Utah Spring Classic on Friday, while senior Mason Finley posted the nation's 10th-furthest discus throw at the CU Invite. On Saturday, redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano ran the second-fastest steeplechase in Cowgirl history at the Weber State Invite.
"I've been saying these meets are big for our kids to put up some good marks and I think to accomplish that they need to keep building on what we've been doing and have faith in their training," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "Most of our kids have been improving each week out so they need to believe in what they have accomplished and go out there and put up the marks they need to. I think the competition level at these meets helps with that, because there are a lot of talented athletes from across the nation, not just the region, there."
Last Time Out: Finley Notches NCAA's Ninth-Furthest Discus Throw
The University of Wyoming's Mason Finley unleashed a throw of 197-1 to win the discus at last Friday's CU Invite and pace the Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams to another solid day of competition. Finley's season-best mark ranks second in UW history, while currently leading the Mountain West and placing ninth in the NCAA.
"I'll just reiterate what I've said the last couple weekends, and that is I saw a lot of really good things," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "I thought the heart and focus were there for our kids and I like the direction they have been heading. Hopefully that sets us up well to hit some big marks out in California next week."
Competing in just his second meet since earning All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Finley picked up right where he left off. His mark was eight feet short of his personal-best 205-0, which he set while competing unattached last season, but still leads the MW by more than 15 feet and is two feet shy of the nation's top five this season.
"We haven't thrown much since the NCAA indoor meet, so it was a good opening meet for Mason," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said. "He threw a heavy discus at the Fum McGraw, but we were training through that meet."
Other top-three showings for Wyoming at the CU Invite, included juniors Shreese Daniels and Paul Thomas. Daniels was third in the hammer at 185-3, just six inches shy of her personal best, while Thomas third in the discus at 174-2.
"Overall a nice meet for the throw crew with some good improvements," Barrett said. "I thought true freshman Damon Unland had the best overall performance with a big PR in the discus and just missing a PR in the hammer."
Wyoming also had a contingent at the Weber State Invite, where redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano posted the best showing. Running just her second steeplechase, she posted a personal-best 10:43.63 to move into second in Cowgirl history in the event. The time ranks second in the MW this season. Seniors Audrey West and Jenna Mann captured wins in the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles, respectively. West ran a personal-best 12.00, while Mann crossed the line in 14.15. Freshman Cassidy Meade was third in the 1,500 meters at 4:42.81. For the Cowboys, freshman Jordan Charles capped a solid weekend with a win in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.96, while sophomore Scott Carter won the triple jump in 48-4.
Finley Named Mountain West Athlete of the Week
Wyoming's Mason Finley has been named the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. The weekly accolade was the fourth for Finley this season, which ties Jake Shanklin in 2009 for the most by a Wyoming athlete in one season. Finley has won the award five times in his career.
Finley highlighted a productive weekend for the Cowboys with a win in the discus at last Friday's CU Invite in Boulder, Colo. His season-best throw of 197-1 moved him to second all-time in Wyoming history in the event, while ranking 10th in the nation currently. His throw is the furthest in the Mountain West this season by more than 15 feet.
Outdoor Individual and Team Rankings
Seven Cowboys and Cowgirls rank in the NCAA's top 50 of six events. Senior Mason Finley is the top Cowboy at 10th in the discus with a toss of 197-1 at last weekend's CU Invite. Senior Jenna Mann is the top Cowgirl at No. 48 in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.58 at the Tom Benich Invite on April 4. Wyoming leads the MW in five outdoor events currently.
In the most recent USTFCCCA outdoor team polls, the Cowboys are 11th and the Cowgirls are 10th in the mountain region. During indoor, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
Top-10 Marks Continue to Fall Outdoors
The Cowboys and Cowgirls combined for six new top-10 marks last weekend, including the second-furthest discus throw by senior Mason Finley in 197-1 and the second-fastest steeplechase by redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano in 10:43.63. The current Cowboy roster owns 12 individual top-10 outdoor marks, while the current Cowgirl roster has 22 individual marks. The Wyoming men and women set 29 new top-10 marks during the indoor season.
Wyoming Preparing to Host MW Outdoor Championships
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will host the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 14-17 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie. It will be the third time Wyoming has hosted a MW Championship in the 15-year history of the conference, after the 2009 outdoor track and field championships and the 2010 cross country championships. In 2009, the Cowboys finished sixth and the Cowgirls were ninth.
Wyoming competes at Colorado State's Jack Christiansen Invite next Friday and Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.