Track & Field Focuses on Fort Collins on Saturday
April 24, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After competing in more than six meets in the past two weeks, the University of Wyoming men's and women's track and field teams focus their energy just on Colorado State's Jack Christiansen Invite on Saturday. Hosted at the Jack Christiansen Track in Fort Collins, Colo., the meet starts with running and field events at 10 a.m. MT. A schedule of events can be found in the link above.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls return to action after a productive showing at three meets in California last weekend. Senior Mason Finley highlighted the action with a throw of 201-1 in the discus at the Beach Invite. His mark currently ranks sixth in the NCAA and 23rd in the world and earned him a second-straight Mountain West Athlete-of-the-Week honor. The distance crew also shined, as Wyoming notched nine new all-time top-10 marks. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano posted the second-fastest steeplechase at 10:31, while junior Holly Page accomplished the same in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:04.
"Our approach for this weekend changes a little bit just because the last two weeks we have been looking for big marks," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "At this meet we are more looking to set ourselves up for the Mountain West Championships, not looking for one distance or time. After coming off two big travel weekends, our kids are a little tired, so a lot of them will not compete in their main events this weekend and utilize this meet as a training tool."
Last Time Out: Finley Notches Another Record Throw at Beach Invite
"He is starting to get a little better feel each week," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said. "His timing is starting to come together. He has been consistent, but he is stilling missing a little. That shows he has the potential for an even bigger throw later this season once his timing comes together."
Finley's throw placed him second in the field at the event and keeps him second in UW history, just behind Jason Gervais' 210-10 in 2000. Finley's throw was just four feet short of his personal best, which he threw unattached last season, and leads the Mountain West this season by more than 16 feet. Junior Paul Thomas placed sixth in the event with a toss of 184-10, to put him second in the MW and 30th in the NCAA.
Other top-10 finishes for Wyoming at the Beach Invite included senior Taylor Gardner running the second-fastest 400-meter hurdles in Cowgirl history in 58.99 to finish third. Redshirt junior Erin Kirby crossed the line eighth in the event in 1:01.43. Redshirt freshman Audra DeStefano was runner-up in the steeplechase in 10:37, while sophomore Amos Bowen crossed the line fourth on the men's side in 9:09. Freshman Jordan Charles was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.24, sophomore McKenzie Brogan tied a personal best with 56.00 for eighth in the 400 meters and senior Katy Hall was ninth in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.47.
Finley Nabs Fifth MW Weekly Honor of Season
The senior thrower continued his takeover of Wyoming's record books at the Beach Invite last Saturday in Norwalk, Calif. He placed second in the discus with a season-best throw of 201-1 to rank first in the MW, sixth in the NCAA and 23rd in the world, according to IAAF.org. His throw was just 4 feet shy of his personal best, as he became just the second Cowboy ever to throw more than 200 feet in the event. The mark was also the fifth-furthest in the history of the conference and longest since 2008. Finley has been named MW Athlete of the Week six total times during his career.
Outdoor Individual and Team Rankings
In the most recent USTFCCCA outdoor team polls, the Cowboys and Cowgirl are both 11th in the mountain region. During indoor, the Cowboys finished eighth and the Cowgirls were 12th.
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