Mountain West Announces 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes Of The Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wyoming senior Mason Finley and Boise State junior Emma Bates have been selected as the 2014 Mountain West Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Finley, from Buena Vista, Colorado, capped off his collegiate career with a sixth-place finish in the Discus at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. His best throw of the competition was 196’-5.00’’, earning him his 11th-career All-America honor. At the 2014 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Laramie, Wyoming, Finley won the Discus, posting the second-best mark in MW Championship history in the process at 202’-11.00’’. He also took home medalist honors in the Shot Put with a toss of 60’-11.25, setting a new Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex record. It was also the fifth-best throw in Conference championship history. Earlier in the season Finley unleashed a 210’-6.00’’ heave in the Discus, a mark that is third-highest in MW history.

Bates, from Elk River, Minnesota, became the first woman to win a national championship in Boise State track and field history on June 12, as she parlayed a strong final mile into victory in the 10,000 Meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The junior finished the race at Historic Hayward Field in 32:32.35, the second-fastest time in the history of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Bates also took part in the 5000 Meters final and picked up her second first-team All-America accolade with a fourth-place finish in 15:51.87. Bates was a two-time winner at the 2014 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, claiming the 1500 Meters (4:40.06) and 5000 Meters (17:37.68) titles. On May 4 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California, Bates ran a 32:20.83 in the 10,000 Meters to establish a new all-time Conference record.

The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of outdoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.