It seems that Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers knows not only when the big track and field meets are, but how to get up for them as well.
The Oregon signee won the boys’ 400-meter final at the 46th annual Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles, recording the nation’s top high school mark this spring by winning in 46.62 seconds on Saturday night.
The odd thing wasn’t that he won. It was that he was seeded in lane 9 – the extreme outside lane.
“I was surprised, being the fastest guy in the nation from last year. Because everyone gave their summer time, I thought I would get a good lane. But apparently not.
“It did not matter to me … Being the third race of the season, me and my coaches talked about this. I knew I was strong and ready, and I had to get out, and whatever I had left in the end, I had to give.”
That is the second-best time Chambers has ever run in the 400. He went 46.18 in the 400 finals at the USATF National Junior Olympics in Baltimore last summer.
Chambers also finished third in the 200 finals Saturday.