DELEWARE, Ohio — The opening day of action at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw two members of the Carleton College women’s team register great performances. Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) leads the heptathlon competition after four events, and Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 1500-meter run.
Campbell, who entered nationals as the top seed in the heptathlon, did disappoint in her bid to follow up the pentathlon title at the NCAA Indoor Championships back in March. She opened the day with a first-place tie in the 100-meter hurdles as both she and Jocelyn Redlinski of North Central registered times of 14.443 seconds.
Upon moving to the high jump, Campbell cleared 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5.25 inches) for a new outdoor personal best. That result was second in the 22-person field and gave Campbell a slim five-point lead over Charity Arn of George Fox.
Campbell transitioned to the shot put and recorded a distance of 11.43 meters (37 feet, 6 inches) on her first try. That was more than 10 inches better than her previous outdoor best. Although she placed sixth in that event, Campbell still increased her lead to 79 points.
The day concluded with a new personal record for Campbell in the 200-meter dash. She reached the line at 25.30, taking more than a tenth of a second off her previous best. Campbell’s lead in the points chase grew to 110 over defending champion Elizabeth Krug of Hendrix College.
“Definitely a very competitive field,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “Amelia is doing a good job holding her composure and being focused and doing what she needs to do. We know tomorrow is a big day ahead of us.”
The seven-event competition resumes on Friday with the long jump and includes the javelin before concluding with the 800-meter run.
In the day’s other event involving the Carleton women, Celichowski finished sixth in her heat and 10th overall during the preliminary round of the 1500-meter run. Her time of 4:35.75 was not far off her school-record time from earlier this season. The top four finishers in the two prelim heats plus the next four fastest times qualified for Saturday’s event finals.
“Colette said this is the best she’s felt in a long time,” Ricks said. “We’re having fun, and we know it’s going to be very competitive.”
Campbell will be the lone Knight in action on Friday, while Saturday features Celichowski as well as Kao Sutton (Sr./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) competing in the discuss.