April 27, 2003 |
Brian Chaput finished the Penn Relays college javelin throw with mixed emotions yesterday, but the emotions of joy and elation quickly canceled out anything else swirling through his head. The big story was not just that Chaput captured the javelin throw with a heave of 227 feet, but that he represented Penn. He is the first athlete from the carnival's host school to win a field event since 1961, and the first Penn thrower to take the javelin since 1922. "It wasn't my best performance, but a win is a win, especially at the Penn Relays," said Chaput, a junior from East Haven, Conn.
July 21, 1990 |
Britain's Steve Backley recaptured the world javelin record yesterday with a throw of 90.98 meters - or 298 feet, 5 7/8 inches - at the London Grand Prix track meet. It was the first 90-meter throw since the javelin was redesigned four years ago to cut distances. Six days earlier, Czechoslovak Jan Zelezny had set a mark of 89.66 meters (294-2). HOCKEY Bryan Trottier signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins after rejecting an offer to join the New York Islanders' front office.
May 31, 2000 |
Cherokee's Jessica Caccamo threw the javelin 106 feet, 4 inches, and sat in first place. Cherry Hill West sophomore Lisa Goins had one throw left to knock Caccamo from the top spot at the South Jersey Group 4 championships. "I said I was going to beat 106-4," Goins said. "I tuned everything out and said, 'I have to throw 106-5.' " She did. On her final attempt, Goins heaved the javelin 106-5 to edge Caccamo. "I was so excited when I found out," said Goins, who entered the meet merely trying to finish in the top six and qualify for this weekend's state Group 4 meet.
April 26, 2002 |
Christina Scherwin grew more and more nervous with every throw she took in yesterday's women's javelin competition at the Penn Relays, and it had nothing to do with the rain and bone-chilling conditions. The memories of last year at the same River Field venue were much too painful for Scherwin, a sophomore at Moravian. One year ago, she was warming up, landed awkwardly, and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, which she spent eight months rehabilitating. "For a long time, I thought about not competing, but this is good competition at the Penn Relays and I wanted the competition," she said.
May 18, 1989 |
What may be the most bizarre anniversary in Philadelphia sports will be celebrated tomorrow, when Frank Greenberg, 56, officiates the decathlon javelin-throwing competition in the 113th IC4A track and field championships at Villanova. It was during the same event in the same meet 10 years ago at Penn's Murphy Field that Greenberg, a longtime track and field official and a Philadelphia lawyer who is now president of The Athletics Congress, sustained an injury that nearly left him permanently crippled.
June 3, 1995 |
John Taylor did something yesterday that no other Penn athlete has managed since 1986: He scored points at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Taylor got off to a strong start and finished seventh in the men's javelin with a throw of 230 feet, 4 inches. "I was third after prelims, and I gradually watched all the foreign athletes pass me by," Taylor said. "But I did about what I expected. I came in seeded seventh, and that's where I finished. UCLA's Greg Johnson won the event on his final throw (244-03)
April 24, 1998 |
She looked stronger, wore her hair shorter and competed for a different college team yesterday, but Jen Pastore picked up right where she left off two years ago in the women's javelin at the Penn Relays. Pastore, who transferred from Villanova to Penn State shortly after establishing a collegiate record at the carnival in 1996, heaved the spear 177 feet, 7 inches to win her specialty in a light rain. "I love this meet," said Pastore, who wasn't quite as enthusiastic about the weather.
June 14, 2003 |
University of Pennsylvania junior Brian Chaput won the javelin throw last night in the NCAA track and field championship meet in Sacramento, Calif. Chaput, from East Haven, Conn., cut loose with a heave of 258 feet, 2 inches on his fifth attempt in the finals, topping runner-up Rob Minnitti of Boise State, whose best throw was 246-3. Chaput's winning toss was a personal best by 10 feet. He reacted with a thump of his chest and a nod to volunteer assistant coach John Taylor, who said he couldn't stop jumping up and down.
April 27, 2013 |
Laura Loht showed by her body language in the Penn Relays college women's javelin competition that she was unhappy. She tried to adjust and readjust on each throw to go farther against a competitive field. Fortunately for the Penn State junior, her first throw was good enough, and she won with a throw of 154 feet, 8 inches, the fourth consecutive victory in the event for the Nittany Lions. "It went pretty well, definitely a big stepping-stone that I needed in the confidence level," said Loht, who won the Penn Relays high school javelin in 2010 as a student at Lewistown's Indian Valley.