Shaniel Chambers

Northwestern Mutual
Academic Student-Athlete
of the Month

Sept. - Lindsey Lamar
Oct. - Janice Rivera
Nov. - Shaniel Chambers
Dec. - Eric Osswald
Jan. - Laura Fountain
Feb. - Yannick Yoshizawa
March -
April -
May -

The University of South Florida has teamed up with Northwestern Mutual Teague Financial Group to spotlight the top Bulls in the classroom with the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month award.

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - Shaniel Chambers is saving her best for last in the track and in the classroom.

The senior recently topped her previous school indoor record in the 600 meters by finishing with a winning time of 1:31.68 at the Indiana University Relays.

"This season I'm more focused probably because I know it's my last season," she said. "I'm really listening to what my coaches are telling me and really doing everything they say to do."

Chambers has been listening to her professors for a long time and headed into this semester with a 3.92 grade point average. She was the Bulls' Northwestern Mutual Student-Athlete of the Month in November and was announced as USF's 2011-12 America Eagle Outfitters Big East Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of people that are like, 'Shaniel, you never have time to do anything else. You're always in the house.' It's the sacrifice I make," Chambers said. "I think I'm just more motivated towards my education and getting faster in track."

Chambers wasn't at home when she was reached Monday afternoon and was in court, but certainly not for anything bad. The criminology is currently doing an internship with the U.S. Marshals and hopes to work for a federal agency one day.

"That's where all my time is being spent if I'm not at practice," she said with a laugh.

Chambers has been very good when she's on the track as well. The Chester, Pa. native also owns the USF women's indoor record in the 500 meters (1:13.66 in 2009) and topped her previous record time in the 600 by more than two seconds.

"It felt great to beat my school record," she said. "It's something that I always push toward every time I run. If I have a record, or even my personal best, I always want to do better than I have before."