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Preston Chatham
Player Profile:
Preston Chatham 89775
Position: Throws
Height: 6'1"
Class: Freshman
Experience: Redshirt
City/State: Covington, La.
High School: St. Paul's HS
Born: 09/08/1987

Major: Child and Family Studies
Event: Javelin (234-7)

All-American

CAREER
Became the 10th javelin thrower in the history of the LSU track and field program to earn All-America honors with his fourth-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa ... His personal-best mark of 234 feet, 7 inches set at the NCAA meet in 2008 ranks No. 4 on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list ... Competed at the SEC Outdoor Championships as a freshman in 2007 and a sophomore in 2008 ... Posted a career-best third-place finish in the javelin at the SEC Outdoor meet in 2008 ... Also competed in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a true freshman in 2007.

2008
Followed an outstanding freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign in 2008 ... Earned his first career All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa ... Unleashed a personal-best throw of 234 feet, 7 inches on his final attempt of the competition to score five points for the Tigers ... His mark ranks fourth on the school’s all-time outdoor performance list in the event ... LSU finished runner-up in the team standings at the national meet ... Marked the second-straight season that he earned the right to compete in the javelin at the NCAA Championships ... Punched his ticket to the national meet with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (224-6) ... Just missed earning his first career All-SEC honor with a third-place finish in his specialty at the SEC Outdoor Championships (220-11) ... Runner-up in the javelin at the prestigious 114th Penn Relays with a throw of 219-9 ... Won the javelin title at the Willie Williams Classic (220-11) before finishing runner-up at the Tiger Invitational (223-7) ... Also took part in the event at the Texas Relays (227-5) ... Did not compete during the indoor season.

2007
Proved to be one of the top young javelin throwers in the country ... Made his first career appearance in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ... Placed 10th at the national meet after recording a throw of 212-3 in the final ... Punched his ticket to Sacramento after finishing fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Earned an automatic berth with a throw of 225-7 at the regional meet ... Helped lead the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships as he took fifth place in the javelin with a throw of 216-3 ... Improved upon his personal best entering the season by nearly 17 feet ... Moved into the No. 4 spot on the school's all-time list after winning the javelin title at the Sun Angel Classic with a new personal best mark of 233-1 ... Placed second in the event at the LSU Tiger Classic (215-3) ... Took third at both the Louisiana Classics (217-8) and LSU Tiger Relays (224-8) ... Recorded a total of six NCAA regional qualifying marks during the outdoor season ... Did not compete during the indoor season.

PRIOR TO LSU
Was a four-year letterman for head coach Charlie Legendre at St.Paul's High School in Covington, La. ... Considered the top javelin recruit in the country for the Class of 2006... Was an 11-time high school All-American during his illustrious career at St. Paul's ... Was a two-time Nike Outdoor National All-American in 2004 and 2006 ... Named a three-time USATF All-American and Track and Field News All-American from 2004-06 ... Was named to the USA Today All-USA Team in 2005 ... Captured the 2006 Class 5A Outdoor State Championship in the javelin with a throw of 210-2 ... Also won the state title in the event in 2004 with a state composite record throw of 212-3 ... Ranked as the nation's No. 2 performer in the javelin in 2003 and No. 3 in 2004 ... Was named the Outstanding Field Performer of the Year on the All-Metro Boy's Track and Field Team chosen by the Times-Picayune from 2004-06 ... Finished his high school career as a four-time District 4-5A MVP, a four-time All-Parish MVP and a three-time Regional MVP ... Was also an all-state performer in the shot put in 2004 ... Holds school record in the javelin (217-5), discus (163-5) and shot put (53-10 ).

PERSONAL
Full name is Preston Paul Chatham ... Born on Sept. 8, 1987 ... Son of Bridget and Terryl Chatham ... Has an older sister, Jennifer ... Majored in child and family studies.

 

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