NEW ORLEANS - The outdoor season may have come to an end, but Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) is still accumulating awards for her outstanding sophomore season. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced that Campbell was named the Division III Women’s Outdoor National Field Athlete-of-the-Year, as voted by the nation’s head coaches. This is Campbell’s second Athlete-of-the-Year award, as she was also voted the 2014 Women’s Indoor National Field Athlete-of-the-Year.
Campbell is one of four Division III student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA as Kevin Johnson of Baldwin Wallace and Christy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh were voted men’s and women’s Outdoor National Track Athletes-of-the-Year, respectively, while Mount Union’s Sean Donnelly and Campbell were named men’s and women’s Outdoor National Field Athletes-of-the-Year.
Campbell was named the 2014 Women’s Indoor National Field Athlete-of-the-Year for her record-breaking performance at the NCAA Championships in the pentathlon, and her outdoor season was equally impressive. Campbell claimed the MIAC heptathlon title with the fifth all-time high score in D-III history and also received the Outstanding Women's Field Athlete and Women's Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet awards. Campbell was also recently named the USTFCCCA Central Region’s Women’s Field Athlete-of-the-Year.
Heading into the Outdoor National Championships Campbell was the top seed in the heptathlon, and she did not disappoint. Campbell picked up her second national title in the heptathlon with an outstanding score of 5221 points, which was just 23 points short of the D-III heptathlon record. Despite being the favorite, winning the title was no small feat, as four other women posted scores better than 5000 points. Campbell beat out some tough competition as only five heptathlon winners have scored more than 5000 points since 2000. Campbell is one of only three women to have been named Field Athlete-of-the-Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.