NEW ORELEANS — Carleton College head coach Donna Ricks and sophomore standout Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) were recognized for their outstanding work as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its Regional Athletes-of-the-Year and Coaches-of-the-Year for the 2014 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field season.
In her 21st season at the helm of both the Carleton cross country and track and field programs, Ricks’ squad enters the NCAA Outdoor Championships ranked No. 22 in the nation. The Knights set a total of nine new school records during the outdoor season and finished second at the MIAC Championships, their best result in more than a decade. This is Ricks’ first regional Coach-of-the-Year award after earning conference coaching awards seven times total between cross country and track and field.
Ricks is no stranger to success, as she has coached four national champions, including Campbell, the 2014 champion in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Under her direction, Ricks’ squads have earned more than 40 individual All-American awards, and she will coach three Knights at this week’s national meet.
Following up on her amazing indoor season, Campbell’s outdoor campaign has been equally spectacular. She continues to accumulate the accolades, adding the Central Region’s Women’s Field Athlete-of-the-Year distinction to a pair of top honors she previously earned following the MIAC Outdoor Championships: the Outstanding Women's Field Athlete and Women's Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet awards.
Campbell is the top seed heading into the heptathlon at this year’s Division III national outdoor championships, with her winning score of 5132 points from the MIAC Heptathlon ranking first in the country by more than 200 points and slotting her fifth all-time in Division III history. That performance helped Campbell score 37.5 points at the MIAC Championships, including titles in the heptathlon and long jump. She added runner-up results in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles then capped the conference meet by anchoring a school-record performance in the 4x400-meter relay. Campbell is also nationally ranked in the 100-meter hurdles (at No. 10) and the long jump (at No. 12) but will focus her energies on the heptathlon competition at the NCAA Championships.