Chambers has banner day for Bears

CHARLESTON – The Oak Glen girls track and field team, led by senior Kelsey Chambers, stepped into history Saturday.

They brought home hardware at the West Virginia State Track and Field Championships at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field which had never been done in school history.

Chambers became the first Oak Glen track and field athlete since Jordann Mitchell in 2007 to be a four-time state champion.

In doing so, she became the school’s first track and field athlete to win the high point award. She shared it with Bridgeport junior Kayla Haywood. They scored 32.5 points.

“I’m just so honored to win the award,” said Chambers. “And, to be the first person in school history to do so – I am blessed.”

Oak Glen’s team took home hardware for the first time in school history with a Class AA runner-up finish to Bridgeport.

“We are so proud of our girls,” said Lady Golden Bears coach Diane Wells, who has been at the school for 15 years, the last 11 as head coach. “We have a great coaching staff and the girls did everything we asked of them this year.

“Our girls performed today. The whole team did well. It wasn’t just Kelsey. It was just a great day for Oak Glen track and field.”

After anchoring the 4×800 relay Friday with Christen Mangano, Alex Arnott and Felicity Nolder, the capturing the 3200, Chambers blitzed the fields in the 1600 and 800 Saturday.

“What a great day,” Chambers said with a huge smile on her face. “I can’t believe this day happened. I worked really hard for this day and my teammates were there as they worked really hard, too.”

Chambers owned the 1600 and 800. She gradually lengthened her lead in the four-lapper and took the 800 by the throat from the gun.

“I knew I had to take the 8 out quickly because I’m not good at sprinting at the end of the 8,” she said. “I had to try to get as big of a lead as I could get and make them catch me.”

Her 2:22.22 clocking to finish the four-peat was 1.51 seconds ahead of Independence junior Adriana Cook.

Chambers stopped the clock at 5:19.29 to win the 1600. It was six seconds better than Samantha Stout of Webster County.

“I had certain plans for all my races, but I think the mile is the easiest for me because it’s not too long to wait and it’s not too short where you have to go from the start,” she said. “It’s the perfect race to go little by little each lap.”