Recently graduated Foss athlete Marcus Chambers won the 400-meter dash at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa to qualify for the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships.
Chambers, who won the 400- and 200-meter titles at the 3A state meet in late May, finished in a time of 46.55 seconds in the finals of the 400 on June 23 to edge Juan Paul Green of Illinois by nine hundredths of a second.
“It was great experience racing against all the top guys of the country,” said Chambers, noting that a brutal wind at Drake Stadium – on the campus of Drake University – was a difficult challenge. “That last 110 meters was hard for all of us. We had to push through. I just told myself to keep my arms pumping and my legs would follow.”
Chambers noted that with professional athletes competing concurrently at the venue in the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the event was unlike any other he has competed in. “It was a place with a great atmosphere,” he said. “It was one of the biggest meets I’ve been in.”
With the win Chambers qualifies to run in the 400-meter dash and the 4X400-meter relay at the Pan American Junior Championships, which will take place in Medellin, Colombia on Aug. 23-25. But first, he will run the 200 and 400 at the U.S. Junior Olympics on July 22-28 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. as part of his ongoing training.