Amber Campbell is not sure how many big events she has left in her future.
While she admits she is leaning toward retiring from track and field after the season, the Coastal Carolina alumna is hoping to make another appearance for Team USA in the IAAF World Championships this August in London.
I’m taking it kind of day by day but the plan right now is to most likely retire at the end of the season.
To do so, she needs a top-three finish in the hammer throw Sunday as part of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. She’s won the event three times, with the last coming in 2015.
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“I’m feeling great, I’m having a good season, I’m healthy and I feel good so I’m just ready to let it rock,” she said.
Sunday’s challenge has become a bit routine for Amber Campbell.
However, what lies afterward this summer is quite the new experience.
After the U.S. outdoor event, she will shift gears as she prepares to perform in the TrackTown USA Summer Series.
Campbell was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the third round of the Summer Series draft on May 10 and begins competition in the four-team co-ed league next week. There will be three events – in San Francisco (June 29), Portland (July 2) and New York City (July 6) – with a scoring format to eventually crown a team champion.
“It’s going to be a very fun event,” said Campbell, a five-time NCAA All-American while with the Chanticleers. “I love that there’s a team aspect to it so our fans and people watching will actually know what team wins per se because for usual professional meets you have individual winners, but there’s not really a team that wins. So I think presenting it in a new way will be exciting.”
The TrackTown USA Summer Series is in its second season and added events for 2017, including the hammer throw, which set the stage for Campbell to compete.
“Our women have really been exploding on the world scene so they wanted to congratulate and highlight the way we’re stepping up to the world scene compared to how we’ve done in the past,” she said.
The teams Campbell and Co. will compete against are the defending champion San Francisco Surge, Portland Pulse and New York Empire.
First, though, Campbell is focused on Sunday, when she will try to earn her fourth USATF hammer throw title. Her other wins came in 2010 and 2012.
“I’m taking it day by day,” Campbell said of her approach as her career appears to be winding down.
Campbell has finished as runner-up in the outdoor event four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014). In addition, she has won six USA indoor weight throw titles (2007-2012) while finishing as runner-up four times (2005, 2006, 2013, 2014).
Campbell also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
With a full summer ahead of her, she is continuing to work with her sights set on what could perhaps be one last appearance on the world stage.
“It’s in the back of my head, but that’s not the main focus,” said Campbell, who added that while she’s heavily leaning on retiring, she is not 100 percent sure. “I just want to have fun and do the best that I can.”