March 21, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina's Jason Flanagan was tabbed the Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his record-setting efforts at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational, the league announced on Wednesday.
After nearly breaking the Coastal Carolina all-time javelin record several times last season, 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), which also tied the Big South Conference record, on Friday, March 16, 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 conference standard at the UNF Osprey Spring Break Invitational on March 3, atop the Big South record book.
Additionally, Flanagan's mark currently ranks sixth in the NCAA and meets the "B" standard to possibly compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.