Thursday, April 30, 2009

AVID Student Named Athlete of the Week in Europe

Sigonella AVID Junior James Campbell was named DoDDS-Europe Athlete of the Week by Stars and Stripes on April 30!

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European athletes of the week for the April 30 edition


Track and Field

Last week: Campbell, a junior sprinter, threw his hat into what's becoming a tantalizing ring for the European 100-meter crown by clocking 10.90 seconds Saturday in Naples. That's one one-hundredth of a second faster than the season's previous fastest 100, run by Heidelberg's Chris Frazier the previous week and a personal best for Campbell.

But according to his coach, Jen Bunyan, Campbell might have more on his mind than Frazier at next month's European championships at Rüsselsheim, Germany. He might be gunning for a DODDS record.

"Before the meet , I ... pointed out the record of 10.50 (set in 2001 by Ramstein's Isaiah Fluellen) and told James he could do this."

Bunyan wrote that a friend and teammate helped Campbell along to his 10.90. "… I put his teammate, Horace Windham, who by the way also qualified for the (European) 100 (11.70) …in the same heat," she said. "They push and motivate each other.

"He is a truly great athlete who displays excellent sportsmanship at all times," Bunyan concluded.

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