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Athlete Spotlight: Savannah Campbell, Augusta Christian

Posted: October 18, 2017 - 12:42am
Savannah Campbell is a junior. She said she plans to work on her distance and speed in the hopes of running cross country in college.
Savannah Campbell is a junior. She said she plans to work on her distance and speed in the hopes of running cross country in college.

Savannah Campbell noticed her times were slower than usual at the beginning of the cross country season.

She trained and trained some more. Despite the extra work, the results were underwhelming.

"I was getting really worried," she said. "I was putting the effort and the work in, but the results weren't happening."

Campbell, a junior at Augusta Christian, went to a doctor in August. She learned her iron level was really low. She started taking medicine and adjusting her diet.

"The next week, it picked up," she said. "Then a couple weeks later, it picked up even more. Now, I'm better than I was before."

Campbell is hoping her running season peaks today when she and her Augusta Christian teammates compete in the region meet. Last year, she was third at the region meet.

Two weeks ago at the Heathwood Hall Invitational, she completed the 5K in 20:36, her personal record. She finished eighth overall.

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Two months ago, Campbell said she knew something was wrong when she was running 5Ks in 26 minutes - her top time last year was sub-21 minutes. She said she was worried her cross country season was going to be a disaster. But after taking iron medicine, she started seeing improved results.

In early September, Campbell finished 24th at the Augusta Prep Invitational, 23:25.20. The meet came two weeks after she went on the medicine. Her time goal: 25 minutes.

"When I did it in 23 minutes I was like, ‘Who

a, the medicine is working,'" she said. Campbell then finished her next meet in 21 minutes. Then, she lowered her time at the Heathwood Hall meet.

"I'm starting to feel really good. I just hope and pray I can break 20 minutes. That's my main goal."

Campbell said her doctor never figured out why her iron level was so low. Nonetheless, she now eats roast beef sandwiches - instead of ham sandwiches - for lunch every day and she also ingests more dark green vegetables.

Campbell started running in sixth grade, inspired by her father, Patrick, who used to run marathons. Before that, she was a cheerleader, and participated in basketball and track.

Campbell has a twin sister, Montana, who competes in volleyball at Augusta Christian. They have two older sisters.

Savannah said she plans to run the 1,600 and 3,200 in track season in the spring. She said she'll also compete in the Augusta University Half Marathon again after finishing second in her age group with a time of 1:46:35 earlier this year.

Campbell said she plans to work on her distance and speed in the coming year in the hopes of running cross country in college. Her ultimate goal is to run for Liberty University, a Division I school in Lynchburg, Va.

"I want to go to LU," she said, adding her time goal is 19:45. "I'd probably have to get under that."

 

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