SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- Coastal Carolina men's track and field's sophomore Thomas Jordan (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) finished seventh in the javelin and earned All-American honors at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 10.
The two-time Big South Conference champion in the javelin had a toss of 69.49m (228' 0"), done on his first of six throws of the finals today. Justin Ryncavage of North Carolina, the top qualifier entering the finals, took home the individual title with a throw of 74.18m (243' 4"), also done on his first throw of the competition, as he won by more than 1.5 meters over the runner-up.
Jordan is just the second Coastal All-American ever in outdoor track and field, joining senior pole vaulter Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach), as he earned the accolades in 2005. Jordan also now has the top ever national finish for Coastal at the championships.
"Consistency is really the big reason that Thomas earned All-American honors today," head coach Jeff Jacobs said. "He then threw more than 69 meters in the regionals to get here. Then at the NCAAs, he had throws of more than 69 meters in both the qualifying and the finals, so I think his ability to hit that distance consistently showed his maturity and development. He has a great future here at Coastal, as well as nationally. He might have a chance to compete this year at the U.S. Nationals, as he has the "B" standard, so we will await the field announcement of the top 18 to qualify."
Coastal will have two competitors at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Nationals, June 21-25 in Indianapolis, Ind. Freshman Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) qualified in the javelin with a throw of 61.24m, while freshman Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) qualified for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a season-best time of 52.77.