CCU’s Flanagan throws his way to NCAA Championships

Senior javelin thrower Jason Flanagan crossed another goal off his list on Thursday afternoon at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., as he advanced to the NCAA Championships after narrowly missing the national meet a year ago.

The Philadelphia, Pa., native threw for 67.32m (220-10) on his fifth attempt of the day to place ninth in the 48 competitor field. Flanagan will be joined by the other top 11 qualifiers from the East along with the top 12 finishers from the NCAA West Preliminary Round at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-8.

Flanagan, who was in the third and final event flight, needed to throw for a minimum of 66.00m (216-06) on his first three attempts to advance to the event finals. He proceeded to open with a mark of 66.54m (218-03), the fifth-best mark of the day to that point, to secure his position in the event finals. His next three throw were in the 62m to 65m range before he unleashed his best throw of the day to finish ninth overall. He would foul on his final attempt.

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.

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