June 6, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University student-athletes have many accomplishments over the years ranging from All-America honors to NCAA Super Regional and playoff appearances, but there is one piece of hardware missing from the trophy cases - an NCAA National Championship trophy.
Senior javelin thrower Jason Flanagan will attempt to bring Coastal its first national title as he takes to the javelin runway on Thursday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Flanagan, the Big South Conference men's javelin champion, advanced to the NCAA National Championships with a mark of 67.32m (220-10) at the NCAA East Preliminary. The Philadelphia, Pa., native was consistent in the meet, throwing qualifying marks in five of his six throws with four throws of more than 210 feet. Flanagan's final mark, which came on his fifth throw, was the ninth-best mark at the East Preliminary. Flanagan is among the 24-man championship field composed of the top 12 finishers from both the East and West Preliminary rounds.
Flanagan has firmly planted himself as one of the greatest javelin athletes to ever compete in the Big South Conference. This season he has thrice set the all-time Coastal Carolina and Big South javelin records, most recently at the 2012 Big South Championships with a gold medal-winning throw of 73.01m (239-06). Additionally, Flanagan has won five of eight events entered this season.
Flanagan is the first Coastal Carolina men's track and field team member to advance to the NCAA Championship meet since Jacques Watson did so in the high jump during the 2009 season. Additionally, Flanagan joins former CCU and Big South record holder Thomas Jordan (2004 and 2006) as the only Chanticleers to advance to the NCAA Championships in the javelin.
How to Follow Flanagan:
ESPN3.com will provide live video streaming coverage of the meet on both Thursday and Friday.
Live results, including throw-by-throw field event updates, will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc.
Updates will be posted to the official Twitter account of Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUSports) during the men's javelin.
Flotrack.org will post numerous athlete interviews on its website throughout the meet.