By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
LA CROSSE, Wis. – A dominating outdoor season for thrower Jason Coon of Capital University Men's Track & Field ended on Friday afternoon with the second All-American honor of his season and career. The senior's fifth throw of the day not only was a new personal record but it set a new program standard and placed Coon third in the country.
Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schyulkill Valley) took on eight others in the first of two flights and set the tone for the day with his first throw. That initial attempt of 16.11 meters (52-10 ¼) placed him first out of the nine competitors after each took their turn. Coon improved on his second try with a 16.55-meter (54-03 ¾) launch that again paced the group and was his best throw of the season, tying his personal best. His third attempt of the prelims traveled only 15.72 meters (51-07) but his second throw secured him first place in the first flight.
After the second flight completed its preliminary throws, Coon stood in fifth place, good enough to qualify for three more throws. Coon's fourth effort did not improve his standing but his fifth did. That fifth throw was measured at 17.04 meters (55-11), launching him into third place overall. The mark also represented a new PR by almost half of a meter and is a new program record, breaking the mark achieved by George Troutman in 1958 by more than a meter.
By placing in the top eight, Coon earned the second All-America nod of his career after also earning the title during this past indoor season. Coon's third-place finish is the best performance at nationals since 2009 and tied the school's highest finish at a national championship meet with two other third-place finishes.