National Athlete of the Year Wins First Indoor Track Championship for Amherst
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) and Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) earned All-America honors for finishing among the top-six competitors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships, held at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Both went on to place among the top-three outdoor competitors in their events at the Wake Forest Relays one week after concluding their indoor seasons.
Mitchell claimed Amherst's first-ever national championship in indoor track with a 1:50.85 finish in the 800. The junior had been named the NCAA National Athlete of the Year two days before claiming his title as another first for the College. Mitchell had been undefeated against Division III indoor competition this season until falling unexpectedly midway through the 1500, but rallying to finish 4th in the event with a 3:55.78 clocking. Mitchell single-handedly powered Amherst men's indoor track to a 6th place "team" finish with 14.0 points. The junior is a co-captain of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams and, he is a five-time All-American.
Campbell earned her first All-American recognition with a 3rd place finish in the triple jump. The sophomore had shattered her own rookie best with a 38'4' performance a week earlier at the ECAC Championships, and she fell just short of her school record with a 37'11.5" jump at Nationals. Campbell led the Amherst women to a 23rd place finish with 6.0 points.
Amherst boasts 11 national champions in the history of its athletic department. Nine men's swimmers have claimed a national crown, most recently in 1989 by Tom Donley, Amherst Class of 1990, who won the 100, 200 and 200 IM in a single year. Bill Flannery, Amherst Class of 1988, closed out his outdoor track career with the championship in the 1500. Amherst and its 10 fellow NESCAC schools were allowed to participate in NCAA team championships beginning in the fall of 1993.
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