Finley Notches Another Record Throw at Beach Invite; Zans finishes fourth in steeplechase

Finley Notches Another Record Throw at Beach Invite; Zans finishes fourth in steeplechase

NORWALK, Calif.  – Senior Mason Finley continued his onslaught of the University of Wyoming track and field record books on Saturday at the Beach Invite, as he threw 201-1 in the discus to become the second Cowboy ever to throw more than 200 feet in the event. His season-best mark currently ranks sixth in the NCAA and 23rd in the world.

“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 on Saturday 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.

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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 senior Garrett Zans 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.

Wyoming continues its outdoor season at the Jack Christiansen Invite in Fort Collins, Colo., next weekend.