Finley Notches NCAA's Ninth-Furthest Discus Throw
April 12, 2014
BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Wyoming's Mason Finley unleashed a throw of 197-1 to win the discus at 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 today," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "I thought the heart and focus were there today 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.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls continue their season at three meets in California next week, including the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.