NEW ORELEANS — Following her record-breaking performance at the MIAC Heptathlon, Carleton College sophomore Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) was selected by the USTFCCCA as the Division III Women’s Track and Field National Athlete-of-the-Week for April 28-May 4, 2014. This is Campbell’s second career National AOW award.
Awarded to six collegiate track and field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the National Athlete-of-the-Week Award spotlights exceptional performances by student-athletes from around the nation. Campbell previously earned the distinction in February 2014 following her performance in the indoor pentathlon at the MSU-Mankato Open.
Over a two-day span last week, Campbell won the heptathlon portion of the MIAC Championships with 5,132 points. That’s the fifth-highest point total in Division III history as she broke the team, MIAC Championships, and overall MIAC records for the heptathlon.
Campbell placed first in six of the seven events, establishing four new personal bests including a school record in the 100-meter hurdles:
• 100-meter hurdles — 14.49 (new school record, 13th in Division III this season)
• high jump — 1.60 meters
• shot put — 11.17 meters (new PR, 7th in team history)
• 200-meter dash — 25.43 (new PR, 2nd in team history)
• long jump — 5.35 meters
• javelin throw — 31.51 meters (only event she did not win)
• 800-meter run — 2:16.59 (new PR)
Campbell entered the week already in possession of the top score in Division III this season—having previously accumulated a then-school record 4,947 points at the CSB-SJU Multis in early April—but she extended that margin and now owns more than a 200-point gap on the next closest competitor. Campbell’s score at the MIAC Heptathlon score would rank third in Division II this season and 52nd in Division I.
Campbell’s final tally bettered the previous MIAC Championships mark 4,829 points was established by Concordia’s Kaari Jensen in 2012. Campbell also improved upon the overall conference standard set by Gustavus’ Janey Helland (5,061 points) and the 2011 NCAA Championships.