Finley and Distance Crew Shine for UW Track in California
April 18, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. -Mason Finley, junior Holly Page and redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano all notched marks that rank second in UW history in their respective events, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls combined for 10 top-10 finishes at the meet.
"Our kids competed well today," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "There were a lot of personal bests and those that didn't get personal bests got season bests. We've been building toward setting PRs here and they did that, but we still have a big day tomorrow at another quality track meet."
Finley improved in the discus with a season-best 199-9 to stay second in the event in the Cowboy all-time top 10, while Page set a new personal-best in the 10,000 meters by 60 seconds with a 35:04 and DeStefano finished the steeplechase less than a second away from the school record in 10:31. Both marks are second in Cowgirl history. Junior Aaron Derner notched a PR of 29:48 in the 10,000 meters for 10th in UW history, while senior Garrett Zans moved up to fifth in UW's steeplechase top 10 at 8:50. Senior Audrey West also cracked UW's top-10 records with a personal-best 11.85 in the 100 meters for eighth.
"I thought our distance kids were focused," Berryhill said. "The elevation is low here, the weather was good and they had good competition. I don't think anything they did was unexpected. We thought those kids could do that given the right conditions and that's what they did."
Other top-10 finishes for Wyoming at the Mt. SAC Relays included Amos Bowen winning his flight of the steeplechase in 9:08 and Dylan Morin finishing fourth in the 10,000 meters in 30:26. Both were personal bests. Freshman Jordan Charles ran 14.20 in the 110-meter hurdles for eight, while sophomore Scott Carter and senior Taylor Gardner finished 10th in the triple jump and 400-meter hurdles, respectively, at 48-6 1/4 and 59.79.
Wyoming also had several competitors at the Bryan Clay Invite in nearby Azusa, Calif. Charles ran a personal-best 52.88 for second in the 400-meter hurdles, while graduate student Harry Fisher won the 800 meters in 1:51.57. Senior Candace Wollert was third in the women's 800 meters in 2:11.33.
The majority of the Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete at the Beach Invite tomorrow in Norwalk, Calif., while a select few will wrap up competition at the Mt. SAC Relays.