March 17, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH - After nearly breaking the Coastal Carolina all-time javelin record several times last season, Jason Flanagan opened his senior campaign by checking that goal off the list as he threw for a CCU and CCU/Shamrock Invitational record 71.20m (233-11) on Friday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Flanagan's record toss eclipsed that of former Coastal Carolina and Big South record holder Thomas Jordan's mark of 70.87m (232-6) set in 2004. Flanagan equals Winthrop's Jared Baird, who set the new conference standard at the UNF Osprey Spring Break Invitational on March 3, atop the Big South record book.
The Chants were also represented in the javelin on the day Jackson Corcoran and Michael Deitzler. Corcoran placed second behind Flanagan with a personal record throw of 68.95m (226-02), which also eclipsed the previous meet standard. Deitzler, who won the javelin in last week's CCU Invitational, placed 18th in the strong field with an effort of 53.49m (175-06).
In the hammer throw Cameron Griggs continued to impress with a sixth place finish after throwing for 50.80m (166-08) on his first attempt of the day. Tyler Swanson placed 13th with a distance of 48.51m (159-02) followed by Ryan Minor and James Gore with efforts of 46.76m (153-05) and 45.74m (150-01), respectively.
Sophomore Raheen Frederick led a trio of Chants in the `A' section of the long jump with leap of 7.07m (23-02.50) to place fourth. Chad Phillips placed 13th with a jump of 6.59m (21-07.50). Burton Jones went for 6.32m (20-09) to finish 24th.
On the track, senior Kyle Kling turned in the Chants' best finish of the day as he stopped the clock at 15:07.60 in the 5,000m to place fourth.
Spencer Lange finished 18th in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:22.16.
Senior Shane Norris finished the 110m hurdles in 15.05 to earn a spot in Saturday's finals. Tre'von Gee just missed the finals as he placed 19th in the preliminary round with a time of 15.13. Russel Kanner also competed in the event, finishing in 15.46.
The 2012 CCU/Shamrock Invitational will conclude with a full slate of events on Saturday. Action at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., with the men's discus, women's javelin and men's and women's long jump.