Sacramento, Calif. Former Penn tracksters Brian Chaput and John Taylor qualified for the javelin finals at the U.S Olympic Trials held at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Cal-State on Thursday afternoon.
Chaput’s throw of 76.28m was the second best throw in the competition. Taylor, who threw 71.59m, currently stands in ninth. Breaux Greer, who is ranked second in the world, won the qualifying round with a heave of 79.19m. Both Chaput and Greer threw over 75m on their first attempt, automatically qualifying them for the finals. Taylor took three tosses of the javelin to advance by finishing in the top-12.
Even if Chaput is to finish among the top three in Saturday's final, he will still need to post an Olympic 'A' qualifer to advance to the Athens Games. The javelin throw 'A' mark is 81.80 meters. He will have until Aug. 9 to do so.
The former Quakers will compete in the finals on Saturday at 1 p.m. (PST)
For alldistances and resultsof the qualifying event click here.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications