MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Marcus Chambers, Foss
Truly one of the elite high school track & field athletes in the entire country, the Tacoma Athletic Commission is proud to select Marcus Chambers of Foss as its Male Athlete of the Year.
The four-time state champion in the 400 and 200 meters, Chambers ran the 400 in 46.18 last July to become the fastest prep runner in the nation. Only one other state of Washington sprinter in history has run faster, the legendary Darrell Robinson of Wilson. Robinson’s time of 44.69 still stands as the national record for a high school sprinter.
Chambers wanted a record in the finals of the state track & field championships this year but settled for a 46.36 mark that had spectators standing and cheering for a bit of history. He didn’t get his record but he did regain his No. 1 spot in the nation. He also won the 200 with a time of 21.30.
Next year he takes his talent to what he calls “track city” -- the University of Oregon. He leaves behind a stack of records and achievements, including the breaking of a 30-year-old record in the 200 as a junior with a mark of 21.41, winning the Arcata, California Invitational in the 400 in April with a time of 46.62, and a national runner-up finish as a sophomore at the National Jr. Olympics where his time of 47.05 was the nation’s best for any sophomore.
What kind of student is Marcus? He carries a 3.66 GPA in International Baccalaureate classes which are rigorous. He volunteers at Foss special education classes every day during 5th period. He is an assistant coach for the Foss Special Olympic Soccer team. He is active in CSU (Christian Students United) at Foss and he helps with children’s lunch every second Sunday at Roosevelt Heights Church in Christ.
In school he is one of the best cheerleaders at Foss, always rooting his team-mates on to do their best. His athletic director at Foss writes “Marcus continues to amaze me with his willingness to help others”. All that, and he’s faster than “all get out”.