Sometimes, some local athletes competing in college fall through the cracks and I never have a chance to mention them. Not everybody is a superstar or conference champion or All-America.
But there are some great stories out there and one of them is Holly Chambers, a senior at Ursinus who had high school PRs at Kingsway of 2:27.79, 5:29.24 and 11:55.32.
Her first year at Ursinus – the abbreviated 2020 indoor season – she ran 2:32.92 and 5:33.04.
She didn’t race again until the 2021 outdoor season, when she ran 2:31.08 and had a nice breakthrough with 4:57.85 for 1,500 meters – equivalent of a 5:19.80 for 1,600 meters or 5:21.68 for a full mile.
Last year, she PR’d at 2:27.64 for 800 meters and then outdoors last year she dropped all the way down to 2:20.43 and had a huge PR of 4:45.63 in the 1,500 – equivalent of a 5:06.68 for 1,600 or 5:08.48 for a full mile.
She scored in the conference meet in the 1,500 and ran on Ursinus’s 3rd-place 3,200-meter relay team.
Over the last few weeks – the final weeks of her senior year – Chambers PR’d again in both the 800 and 1,500.
She placed 6th in the Centennial Conference Championships on her home track in Collegeville, Pa., with a 4:42.28 – that’s 5:04.86 for a mile – and then this past weekend she broke 2:20 for the first time with a 2:18.86 at Widener.
To go from 2:27.79 and 5:29.24 to 2:18.86 and 5:04.86 is remarkable.
Athletes like Chambers are why you stick with a sport even if you don’t have immediate success or get the results you want. If you keep working, you will get better. Chambers is proof of that.
This is one of your best posts Reuben. Great catch on this one!! Inspirational for many long time runners who are sticking with it! Ron
Hey, Ron, thanks! Sorry I missed you at the County Meet … spend most of the day trying to get the mic to work! Hope to catch up at a meet soon!