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Off to college

February 23, 2014
Weirton Daily Times
Oak Glen senior Kelsey Chambers, flanked by her parents Jason and Marcy Chambers, will continue her academic and athletic careers at Wheeling Jesuit University, where she will major in elementary education and be a member of the cross country and track programs. Chambers was a two-time all-OVAC cross country runner, the 2013 Class 4A champion, two-time all-West Virginia Class A-AA and 2013 state runner-up. She is the first Oak Glen cross country runner to earn all-state honors. She was the Region 1 champion, a four-time state qualifier, letterwinner, holds the school course record and captained the Class 4A team championship. Said cross country coach Adam Howell, “Kelsey Chambers is one of the most determined and dedicated athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach. She has faithfully worked hard the past four years to reach her goals and I am extremely excited to see her take the next step in her running career at Wheeling Jesuit University. Wheeling Jesuit has signed not only an outstanding runner but also a great team player who will work hard to better their program.” Chambers has been a qualifier for the state track meet the previous three years with a state title in the 2011 4x400 relay. She earned three medals in 2012 (2nd, 3200; 4th, 1600; 6th, 4x800) and four last year (2nd, 4x800; 4th 800 and 1600; 5th, 3200). Girls track coach Diane Wells said, “Kelsey is a team leader who leads by example in every sense of the word. She is a very self-motivated young lady who comes to practice prepared and works hard each and every day. Kelsey also motivates, helps, and encourages her teammates constantly.” Also on hand for the signing were, from left, Howell, Wells, assistant track coach Steve McConnachie and Athletic Director Phil Rujak. -- Contributed

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