Jamaican sprint prodigy Raheem Chambers completes the switch from the University of Auburn to the University of Miami.
Chambers is the third Jamaican athlete to leave the Alabama-based institution for the state of Florida since the end of last season after Henry Rolle stepped down from his position as assistant coach of Auburn.
Rolle, a Bahamian native, currently coaches former Auburn teammates and compatriots Jonielle Smith, Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen, whom both went pro after their sophomore seasons, from his professional base in Florida.
Chambers will be joined by Bahamian sprint-hurdler Xavier Coakley, who will also make the switch to the Coral Gables campus.
Last summer fellow juniors and former teammates Natalliah Whyte and Renee Shaw made the move to Florida Atlantic University.
That move was a bigger surprise considering the Conference USA institution, which only has a female track and field program, does not possess a great tradition in the sport.
While the Hurricanes, though not one of the elite powers in NCAA track and field, is a more prestigious destination.
More prominent in American Football and Baseball, ‘The U’ has groomed a few national champions in its history, two of which are Jamaican all-time greats – Gillian Russell (5-time NCAA national champion, 9-time All-American) and Davian Clarke (2-time NCAA national champion, 6-time All-American).
Chambers, who is now officially on the Hurricanes roster, enters the ‘U’ with championship pedigree having NCAA National and SEC Indoor Championships 60m silver medals as well as an outdoor 100m silver medal from the toughest conference in college track and field, under his belt.
The former St. Jago High School closed out an outstanding 2018 season with a commendable 5th place finish in the 100m at the NCAA National Outdoor Championships in June.
The 21 year old clocked personal bests of 10.10 seconds (100m) and 6.53 (60m) and earned All-American honours outdoors and indoors.
Chambers could be in action this weekend as the Hurricanes open their indoor campaign at the UAB Blazers Invite.