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Campbell signs at Concordia-Portland
by Nathan Shoup
Feb 25, 2014 | 1064 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Nathan Shoup - Reed cross country and track standout Kelsea Campbell speaks to KOLO Channel 8 after announcing her intentions to compete at Concordia-Portland during Tuesday's national letter of intent signing ceremony at RHS. The future Cavalier applied to 14 different schools before settling on Concordia-Portland.
Tribune photo by Nathan Shoup - Reed cross country and track standout Kelsea Campbell speaks to KOLO Channel 8 after announcing her intentions to compete at Concordia-Portland during Tuesday's national letter of intent signing ceremony at RHS. The future Cavalier applied to 14 different schools before settling on Concordia-Portland.
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She certainly had her options but Reed track standout Kelsea Campbell has picked a place to call home the next four years.

Campbell, who runs cross country and track (800 meters and 1600), applied to 14 different schools before announcing at Tuesday’s nation letter of intent signing ceremony, held in the Reed gym, she will take her talents to Concordia University – Portland.

“It feels really good,” Campbell said. “It’s just a relief to have picked a school.”

Among the scroll of schools she applied to, were Webster University (St. Louis), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), Grand Canyon University (Phoenix) and Seattle Pacific University (Seattle).

Campbell said all the schools she applied to waived her application fee so she was simply “throwing things at the wall and seeing what would stick.”

The future Cavalier says, away from the track, she loves community service and that was one of her main attractors to Portland.

“I just love being able to show people love. I think there is a lot of judgment in the world and I just like to respect people and whenever I can just be open with random acts of kindness and things like that,” Campbell said.

“They (Concordia) have huge emphasis on (community service). And they have excellent academic programs and the coach really set time aside to get to know me and see that I was a good fit for the program. A lot of the other coaches were kind of like ‘yeah we want to,’ but kind of walked away later on. They (Concordia) stuck with me which was really, really cool.”

Campbell aspires to be an occupational therapist and plans to major in biology at Concordia-Portland while earning a psychology minor. She was accepted into the Honors Program Monday night before Tuesday’s signing ceremony.

“I’m thrilled (to move to Portland),” Campbell said. “I love Reno so much but I am very excited.”
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