ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Judging by the results, it would be impossible to guess that Carleton's Amelia Campbell's (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) heptathlon score at Friday's Minnesota State Open was her first try at the event in her track and field career. The freshman dazzled in her debut multi-event performance, finishing fourth against mostly NCAA Division II competition and recording a score that registered on both the conference and MIAC levels. For her breakout performance, Campbell was named the MIAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week.
Campbell recorded a final score of 3,079 points in Friday's pentathlon, which was good for fourth place among the talented field, and it was even better when compared strictly to MIAC and Division III results. The score is currently ranked No. 1 in the MIAC this season, No. 3 nationally in Division III, and it is the fourth-best score ever recorded in the event in Carleton school history. She was particularly good in the high jump (second place) and the 60-meter hurdles (third place) as the only Division III competitor in the field.
Carleton and Campbell have a busy February ahead with four events on the schedule prior to the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held across town at St. Olaf Feb. 28-March 2. This weekend, the Knights are scheduled to compete at the Bethel University Invitational, which will be held Saturday in Arden Hills. They'll enjoy a home-track advantage the following weekend when they host the Meet of the Hearts on Feb. 9 at the Carleton Recreation Center at 11 a.m.