DES MOINES, IA-- McNeese State's Ben Chretien placed fifth at the 2012 NCAA Championship javelin throw here Thursday, earning him first team All-America honors.
The Cowboy standout from Elton, La., set a new school record with his toss of 254-4 which broke the old record (237-4) held by Chris Hill set in 2007.
The NCAA appearance for Chretien is his second for the 2012 Southland Conference javelin champion. Chretien qualified for the national championship meet two years ago but didn't make it to the finals.
Tim Glover of Illinois State won the title with a throw of 268-0. The only other Louisiana athletes in the event were LSU's Aaron Moore and Jeremy Tuttle both placing 20th and 21st, respectively.
David Rooney will be the final McNeese athlete to compete in the championship when he takes part in the 5,000 meter race today.