He also qualified for the state track meet all four years of his high school career, winning four state titles. His time of 8:51.74 in the 3,200 meter was the seventh-fastest time in the nation in 2014.
Prior to his senior track season, Chandler committed to Oklahoma State University to run track and cross country on a scholarship. He ended up redshirting his freshman year. Austin then transferred schools and joined the Boise State Broncos track and cross country teams.
“After transferring from OSU to BSU, I know I am at the right school now. Everything is great here including the training, trails, and weather; everything a runner needs to get to the professional level,” Austin says.
Chandler ran his way to a 12th place finish at the 2015 Mountain West Championships, earning him Cross Country All-Mountain West Second-Team honors. He accredits some of his success and development to the coaching staff at Boone High.
“I had a great coach in Ben Tilus, who was a volunteer at BHS and who had the knowledge to get me to the next level. I give him a lot of credit, because without him I would not have known what to do. He knew, and I just listened and put in the work.”
With all of his success in high school, there’s definitely a lot of memories that come with it.
“My favorite memory would have to be winning the team State Championship my senior year in cross country. Also, as much as I can’t stand watching the race, losing the state 2 mile has been a big motivation for me to keep doing what I’m doing,” Austin recounts.
Stay tuned, because with Chandler Austin’s work ethic, more headlines are sure to come.