Sophomore Mike Chamberlin has excelled during this indoor track and field season, earning SUNYAC Athlete of the Week twice, as well as setting a new school record in the long jump.
Chamberlin jumped 22 feet, 1.5 inches in a meet on Feb. 20 at the Deneault Memorial Invitational hosted by Cornell University to establish the new school record. The Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifying jump earned him a second-place finish.
"That meet I was jumping really well. With my shortest jump only five inches away from the record, a few of the jumps were actually further than the new record, but were marked as foul. My last jump I got the mark, it was an amazing feeling," Chamberlin said.
In addition to long jump, Chamberlin competes in triple jump and high jump. Chamberlin was named SUNYAC Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 14 because of his performance at the Robert Kane Invitational hosted by Cornell University. He jumped 46 feet, 7.25 inches in the triple jump to finish in fifth place. Chamberlin’s jump qualified him provisionally for the NCAA National Championships.
Chamberlin was also named SUNYAC Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 31 for earning first place in the triple jump, leaping 13.73 meters, and finishing fourth place in the high jump, clearing 1.88 meters at the Colgate Class of ’32 Invitational.
Despite Chamberlin’s success so far this season, he still has goals to work toward.
"My goals for the remainder of this season are to break the long and triple jump records, in triple jump my personal best is only two inches away from the current record, to place top three in SUNYAC’s and it would be amazing if I were able to do that for the ECAC meet as well," Chamberlin said.
Since Chamberlin started his track and field career at Oswego State last year, he has achieved impressive records. His freshman year Chamberlin broke the record for long jump, placed third in long jump and triple jump at SUNYAC’s and qualified for ECAC’s.
Chamberlin will compete in the SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, Feb. 27 at Hobart William Smith College. He will also compete in the ECAC Championships on March 5 and 6 at Smith College in Massachusetts.
"This season I have been jumping very well," Chamberlin said. "As the season progresses, I feel my jumps are just getting better. I feel like my peak of this season is arriving right on time for SUNYAC’s this weekend and ECAC’s the following week."