Finley Concludes World University Games with Eighth-Place Discus Finish
Aug. 21, 2011
SHENZHEN, China – Kansas thrower Mason Finley finished out his week at the World University Games with an eighth-place finish in the discus throw Sunday night. Finley competed against the world’s elite throwers for the second time this week, also taking part in the shot put on Tuesday, where he won bronze.
Finley, who hails from Salida, Colo., breezed through the discus qualifying rounds on Friday, placing second in his flight with a throw of 58.31 meters (191-4 ft.). On Sunday, the junior began his day near the bottom of the 12-man leaderboard after his first four attempts, two of which being fouls. Finley regrouped, however, hurling a throw of 59.17 meters (194-2 ft.) on his sixth and final attempt of the day to move into eighth place, where he would eventually end his day.
With the conclusion of Sunday’s discus throw, the two KU participants’ trips to the World University Games are now complete. Finley and Diamond Dixon each had successful outings throughout the week, with Dixon taking fourth in the 400 meters and Finley earning bronze in the shot put and an eighth-place finish in the discus. Both student-athletes proved they are among the top collegiate track and field athletes in the world and the international experience gained from the week’s competitions should benefit both as the 2011-12 track and field season quickly approaches.