Sophomore becomes first KU female to earn spot on U.S. Olympic Team
2011 OUTDOOR Had one of the best seasons a thrower has ever had in a Kansas uniform, a season where he earned seven first-place finishes in the shot put and discus, was named to the All-American First Team in both events, was the Big 12 Champion in the shot put and runner-up in the discus and broke the school record in the discus... Placed third in the discus at the NCAA Championships (6/8) with a throw of 60.16m (197-4 ft.)... Took his second-consecutive conference title in the shot put at the Big 12 Championships (5/14), hitting a mark of 19.63m (64-05.00 ft.)... Set the school record in the discus at the ULM Warhawk Classic (4/30), finishing first with a throw of 60.65m (199-00 ft.)... Top shot put mark of the outdoor season came at the Kansas Relays (4/22), placing first with a mark of 19.84 (65-01.25 ft.)... Competed at the USA National Championships (6/26) in both the shot put and dicscus, earning 11th-place and eighth-place finishes, respectively... Placed third in the shot put at the World University Games (8/16) while also earning an eighth-place finish in the discus... Named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team... Member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
2011 INDOOR Recorded the top shot put mark in the NCAA for the indoor season at the Kansas-Missouri Dual (1/14), placing first with a personal-best throw of 20.71m (67-11.25 ft.)... Earned All-American honors in the shot put at the NCAA Championships (3/11), placing second with a throw of 19.92m (65-04.25 ft.)... Was named field athlete of the meet at the New Balance Invitational (2/4) for his first-place finish in the shot put and his meet-record mark of 20.40m (66-11.25 ft.)... Earned a runner-up finish in the shot put at the Big 12 Championships (2/26), hitting a mark of 19.94m (65-05.00 ft.)... Won the weight throw at the Kansas-Missouri Dual (1/14) on a mark of 18.51m (60-08.75 ft.), a personal best.
2010 OUTDOOR Named NCAA Midwest Region Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year... Named Big 12 Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year... Placed first in seven of the 10 events he competed in... Competed in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (6/9), finishing second with a mark of 58.35m (191-05 ft.)... Also competed in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (6/12), finishing second with a season and personal best throw of 20.68m (67-10.25 ft.)...Won the shot put at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships (5/14) with a throw of 19.12m(62-08.75 ft.)... Placed first in the discus at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships (5/16) with a season and personal-best throw of 60.18m (197-05 ft.).
2010 INDOOR Selected as All-American in the shot put... Twelfth KU athlete to be named Indoor All-American... Recorded five first-place finishes in the shot put... Won Big 12 Championship (2/27) in shot put with a season-best throw of 19.25m (63-02.00 ft.)... Competed in NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (3/12) and finished fifth with a throw of 18.75 (61-06.25 ft.) in the shot put... Competed in the weight throw at the Kansas vs. Missouri Dual (1/15) and finished fourth with a throw of 15.55m (51-00.25 ft.).
HIGH SCHOOL Selected as the 2009 Track and Field News Boys Athlete of the Year... National high school record-holder in the discus (236-6 ft.)... Won the gold medal and set a new U.S.A. Juniors record in the discus at the 2009 Pan American Juniors Championships, where he threw 214-4 ft... Won gold in both the discus and shot put at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals, where he set a personal best 71-8.75 ft. in the shot put and threw 211 ft. in the discus... 2009 Great Southwest Classic discus champion... 2009 Gold West shot put and discus champion... Three-time Colorado state champion in both discus and shot put... Lived in Salida, Colo., and attended Salida High School for two years before transferring to Buena Vista High School for his junior and senior years.
PERSONAL Son of Jared and Lisa Finley... Born in Kansas City, Mo... Father, Jared, was a high school state discus champion at Wyandotte in Kansas City, Mo., and also threw discus for the University of Wyoming... Has twin sisters, Matia and Rebecca... Majoring in film/acting.