College Station, Texas Kansas University sophomore thrower Mason Finley finished second in the shot put at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to score eight points for KU on Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M; campus.
Finley, who took fifth in the event as a freshman, finished as the NCAA runner-up with a toss of 19.75 meters (64-09.75 feet), which he achieved on his third throw. He held the lead following the three preliminary throws and did not drop to second place until Leif Arrhenius of BYU recorded a throw of 19.92 meters (65-04.25 feet) in the fifth round.
On the women’s side, freshman sprinter Diamond Dixon advanced to the finals in the 400 meters Friday.
Dixon broke her own school record in the 400 meters, as she finished second in her heat and was the final qualifier for the finals in the event with a time of 53.06. Her previous career-best was 53.10, which she set at the 2011 Big 12 Indoor Championships. The El Paso, Texas, native will run in the finals at 5:40 p.m. today.