La Salle cross country standout and Cranston Resident Tyler Chambers made his college decision official recently, committing to Division I University of North Carolina Greensboro. Chambers was interested in UNCG from the get go, and
La Salle cross country standout and Cranston Resident Tyler Chambers made his college decision official recently, committing to Division I University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Chambers was interested in UNCG from the get go, and was sold on the team and university once he made his campus visit and met the coaching staff and team.
“At first it was a little overwhelming since I had never done anything like this before. Once I talked to the coach and met the team, I felt really comfortable with my decision. Back in the fall when I went to visit, I realized that the coach was so individualized with each athlete and that was a big part of why I wanted to go there,” said Chambers.
Chambers was among the top runners in Rhode Island this past season in both fall and track. He will be competing in both sports at UNCG.
Chambers was a member of the Rams’ cross-country state championship win, where he took home a top-10 finish. He was later a key finisher in the team’s sixth-place finish at the Nike Nationals in Oregon.
He also finished third in the mile at the New England Championships Indoor Track Championships this past winter season. His performance in both cross country and indoor track earned him All-Division, All-State, and All New England honors in each.
Chambers is looking forward to testing himself against some of the nation’s top runners and is excited to get to know his future teammates.
“There’s going to be a lot of good competition, it’s going to be exciting. I'm looking forward to working hard and seeing what I can do. Obviously I don’t really know the team at UNCG yet, but looking at how our team at La Salle was, how close we all were as friends, I am looking forward to that team atmosphere. Everyone was very accommodating when I was down there,” said Chambers, who is confident in his work ethic and big race experience. “I have a lot of confidence. I have been working super hard and am planning on getting down there and working super hard with them so I can make a big impact my freshman year and help the team the most that I can.”
For the next few months, Chambers will be zeroing in on reaching his peak shape and performance in anticipation of the next chapter of his career.
“I’m really just trying to stay focused on myself and getting into shape. Right now I am in short distance shape, so I need to get back into cross country shape,” said Chambers. “Until then, I am going to work on my longer distance, in the month leading up to it I will start going on longer runs and getting prepared.”