Philadelphia The awards continue to pour in for 2004 Penn graduate Brian Chaput. The javelin standout was recently named the 2004 men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for NCAA Division I by the United States Track Coaches Association.
Chaput graduated with a degree in communications and a 3.60 GPA. He finished his outstanding career at Penn as the 2004 NCAA runner-up in the javelin after winning the event at the 2003 NCAA Championships. The East Haven, Conn. native won nine titles in his collegiate career at Penn. He is a two-time Penn Relays Champion, three-time Heptagonal Champion, IC4As Champion and two-time NCAA East Regional Champion.
Chaput was named the Mondo Outdoor Athlete of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region this season after earning Mondo Athlete of the Week honors twice during the spring. The Penn record holder in the javelin is also a two-time Academic All-American, two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree and three-time first-team All-Ivy selection.
Chaput finished second at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif earlier this month. He must make the Olympic “A” standard of 81.8m before Aug. 9 in order to compete at the Games in Athens, Greece.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications