Track & Field

Finley Seeks NCAA Indoor Title in Shot Put

Finley with the 2013 Male Most Outstanding Performer award at the MW Indoor Championships.

Finley with the 2013 Male Most Outstanding Performer award at the MW Indoor Championships.

March 7, 2013

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following an outstanding indoor season, junior Mason Finley will represent Wyoming at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend.

The Buena Vista, Colo., native will compete in the shot put Friday at 2:15 p.m. MT at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track.

"He's going for the win," said Wyoming associate head coach Paul Barrett. "He's been very consistent this year, more so than in years past. I think his confidence is up and he's made some new technical changes this year. Hopefully he'll be able to let loose and see if he can upset the three-time defending champ, Jordan Clarke, of Arizona State. They're very familiar with each other and have challenged each other in the rankings for some time. I think Mason has a good shot to win it."

Finley owns the nation's second-best shot put distance this season, throwing a school-record 65'-9.75" at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 25. Clarke has the top distance with a 67'-6.75." At the recent Don Kirby Elite Invitational, Clarke outdistanced Finley by a slim margin with respective throws of 66'-3.75" to 65'-1.50."

After placing first in the shot put and second in the weight throw at the MW Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23, Finley was given the league's Male Most Outstanding Performer award to highlight his indoor season.

Two flights of eight throwers will open the event, of which the overall top nine will advance to a reverse-order final.

Flight One (including seed marks)
1. Jonathan Jones ... JR ... Buffalo ... 19.59m
2. Bozidar Antunovic ... JR ... UT Arlington ... 20.02m
3. Hayden Baillio ... SR ... Texas ... 19.63m
4. Cody Riffle ... SO ... Michigan ... 19.25m
5. Jon Arthur ... SR ... Stephen F. Austin ... 19.23m
6. Nick Vena ... SO ... Georgia ... 19.15m
7. Travis Smith ... SR ... UC Riverside ... 19.01m
8. Richard Garrett ... SR ... UT San Antonio ... 20.05m

Flight Two (including seed marks)
1. Stephen Saenz ... JR ... Auburn ... 19.70m
2. Jakob Engel ... SR ... Purdue ... 19.16m
3. Caleb Whitener ... JR ... Georgia ... 19.13m
4. Jordan Clarke ... SR ... Arizona State ... 20.59m
5. Danny Block ... JR ... Wisconsin ... 19.40m
6. Kole Weldon ... SO ... Texas Tech ... 18.94m
7. Mason Finley ... JR ... Wyoming ... 20.06m
8. Stephen Mozia ... SO ... Cornell ... 19.89m

 

 

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