Finley Awarded All-America Honors from USTFCCCA
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Redshirt junior Steve Finley earned his first-ever All-America honor on Friday at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
This year marked Finley’s second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and his first in the finals of the steeplechase. Finishing 11th in 9:00.61, Finley becomes the fourth Cavalier to earn All-America honors in the event and the first since Jan Foerster did so in 2007. Mike Cotton (1981) and Rob Cook (1994) have also earned the national honor in the event for Virginia.
Earlier this season, Finley finished runner-up in the steeple at the ACC Championships with a time of 8:56.11 to earn his second-consecutive all-conference accolade in the event. He then finished third in the steeple at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to automatically advance to NCAAs. His time of 8:40.56 stands as the program’s all-time third-best mark.
In addition, he was also a member of the Cavaliers’ 4x800m relay team that earned the program its first Championship of America relay title at the Penn Relays since 1943.
Finley is the third Cavalier to earn All-America honors this outdoor season, as freshman Robby Andrews finished runner-up and sophomore Lance Roller finished sixth in the 800m to each earn the national accolade.