WMU - Campbell's Collegiate Career Ends in Greensboro
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Western Michigan track and field's Iris Campbell wrapped up her historic career as a Bronco at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at North Carolina A&T State on Friday evening.
Campbell finished just shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing 17th overall and fourth in her heat with a time of 59.22 seconds. The senior battled 20 mile-per-hour winds and got off to a good start. She was in second place heading into the final straightaway but had trouble with the ninth and 10th hurdles, ultimately dropping her to fourth. The top three finishers from each heat automatically advanced but Campbell finished in fifth place just .18 seconds behind the third place finisher Tyler Brockington from South Carolina.
"The Iris Campbells of the world don't come along often," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She was a pleasure to coach. She has scored so many points for us over her four years and is probably one of our top point-scorers in our history."
The Emmett, Mich., native leaves Western Michigan with four career individual Mid-American Conference titles and another three titles as part of the 4x400 and 4x100-meter relay teams. She was a part of the 4x400 squad that earned Second Team All-American honors last season as well. She also competed in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminaries and NCAA Regionals, prior to the new format, each of her four years.
The track wasn't the only place that Campbell got it done. She was also a stellar student, holding a 3.67 GPA in nursing. She could be the first Bronco in program history to earn Academic All-MAC honors for every season she was eligible. She currently has been honored five times, twice outdoors and three times for the indoor season with the 2013 outdoor honors still to be announced. She has also been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team three times with the 2013 team still yet to be announced.
Junior Andrea Hiler is the lone Bronco left at the NCAA East Preliminaries and will compete in the shot put on Saturday.