Gelibert, Entwistle and Campbell in Action Tomorrow
Peake is Coastal's fifth Big South Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Amber Campbell is in her seventh year as a volunteer assistant coach for throwers at Coastal Carolina University after finishing her career as one of the most distinguished athletes ever to compete at Coastal Carolina.
Most recently, Campbell competed at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, finishing 11th in the world in the hammer throw with a 70.08-meter mark. It was the first time she had advanced to the finals of a major international competition. She also won her third straight USA National title in the weight throw.
In 2008, Campbell participated for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. She placed 21st in the prelims of the hammer throw with a mark of 67.86-meters. The effort was good enough for the top American finish in her first Olympics.
She was a five-time NCAA All-American in the hammer and weight throw and a 16-time Big South Champion during her four collegiate years at Coastal Carolina. She owns the school records in the weight, indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, discus and the hammer throws. She also was named the Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Year each of her final three years. In 2002-03, she was honored as the conference's Female Athlete of the Year.
She will work with the Coastal Carolina throwers this season as she continues her training for the U.S. National Team and U.S. International Competition. In 2007, Campbell won her first USA Indoor National Championship in the weight throw with a throw of 80'6.25" (24.54m). She was the bronze medalist at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and also was third at the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. With that finish, she qualified to compete for Team USA at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where she finished 18th. Additionally, she has captured consecutive USA Indoor National Championships in the hammer throw.
She will continue to train in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Campbell is a 2004 graduate with a degree in psychology. In addition to her volunteer status with the Chanticleer program, she works as a personal trainer and a night manager at Sport Doctors. She resides in Myrtle Beach.