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PHILADELPHIA -- Swarthmore senior Vernon Chaplin has been named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Track & Field Performer of the Year. The Academic All-Area Track & Field Team was voted by the sports information offices of the 28 area institutions from the Philadelphia-metropolitan area, and consists of ten men's lacrosse student-athletes.
Chaplin, a senior astrophysics major in the honors program, captained the cross country team to fourth at the 2006 Centennial Championships and a ninth-place finish out of 39 schools at the 2006 NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional.
Already an established star on the track, Chaplin solidified his status as one of the top runners in the Swarthmore history. He completes his collegiate running career with four school records -- the indoor mile, the indoor 800 meters, the indoor distance medley relay and the outdoor 4x800 relay -- and is an 10-time Centennial Conference Championship medalist (the most recent being a bronze medal in 2007 on the 4 x 800 meter relay).
Chaplin has been selected for the Centennial Academic Honor Roll nine times and is receiving his third honor by Philly-SIDA. He received the Lew Elverson Award on May 8, given to the top junior or senior male athlete at Swarthmore.