June 13, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. - All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) closed out her collegiate running career at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, competing in the women's 5,000-meter finals. TrackTown USA lived up to its name as Chambers competed in front of a crowd of 11,734, a four-day total of 42,544 boisterous track & field fans. The four-day meet is the culmination of a long track & field season, inviting the most elite collegiate competition to the Mecca of American running.
In the eight-and-a-half lap race, Chambers clocked 16:43.99 for 20th place in the final, just two weeks after she ran her season-best 16:13.54 in the heat and humidity of Jacksonville, Fla., to qualify for Eugene.
The field went through the first mile in five minutes with the leaders just under five, the fastest start for a 5,000-meter race Chambers has competed in this season. As the race went on, the pace picked up with Providence College's Emily Sisson pushing the field faster. Chambers maneuvered to best maintain her position through the finish.
"I'm really happy to have ended my career here in Eugene rather than Jacksonville," Chambers explained. "I'm glad I made it back and competed against such a strong group of athletes. I obviously wish I could have finished a little higher and with more momentum, but I am also happy to be here and finished."
Chambers is in a better position than anyone to make that statement as she made the finals of the same event in 2012 but was unable to finish the race. That race was Chambers' last appearance at outdoor nationals until this year.
She ends her career on the Hilltop with four All-America honors leading up to this championship, and an anticipated fifth following the All-America announcement on Monday from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). She is a two-time BIG EAST Champion, running on the 2011 outdoor 4x800-meter relay squad and most recently the 2015 indoor distance medley relay squad.
A small contingent of Hoyas will be competing at the Portland Track Festival on Sunday, June 14.
USTFCCCA All-America Criteria
The top eight finishers from each event are named First Team All-Americans while second team recognition goes to those who finish ninth through 16th. Honorable mention accolades will go all other competitors who make it to the final site of the NCAA Championships. The USTFCCCA will announce All-Americans on Monday, June 15.