NEW ORLEANS — Although the indoor track and field season concluded last Saturday, Carleton College sophomore Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) continues to accumulate awards. On Thursday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced that the Knight star was named the Division III Women’s Indoor National Field Athlete-of-the-Year, as voted by the nation’s head coaches.
Campbell is one of four Division III student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA as Thurgood Dennis of UW-Eau Claire and Ashante Little of Wheaton (Mass.) were voted men’s and women’s Indoor National Athletes of the Year, respectively, while Southern Maine’s Jamie Ruginski and Campbell were named men’s and women’s Indoor National Field Athletes of the Year.
Campbell just completed a season in which she broke both the NCAA Championships and the all-time Division III records in the pentathlon. This past weekend she won the NCAA Championships pentathlon by nearly 100 points with a score of 3884, smashing the old meet record of 3725 by Ashley Huston of Hardin-Simmons in 2009. The event produced four performers that rank among the all-time top 10 in DIII.
That win marked the second weekend in a row that Campbell notched a record-setting performance, as she posted a Division III-record 3914 en route to winning the MIAC Championships. That score is better than all but one Division II performance this season and earned Campbell recognition as the MIAC’s Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete as well as the Women's Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet.