Climbing The Conference Ranks

Campbell Track and Field continues their impressive performance at the Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as the Fighting Camels begin today’s final round of action.

Overall through two days of initial qualifying action, the men’s squad sits fourth overall with 29 points and the women’s team is currently in sixth place with 18 points.

Check out the full highlights from the opening two days of action. Here is the full heat sheet for events coming up this afternoon, featuring a full day of running events like the Women’s 4x100M Relay starting at 12:40 p.m. EST.

Fans can follow the action live today on the Big South Network and get the latest results on the Fighting Camels on social media @GoCamelsRun on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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The Wait Was Well Worth It For Men’s Golf

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

Emotions were sky high as the Campbell Men’s Golf team watched the NCAA Regional Selection Show inside the golf offices at the McKay House, deciding their postseason fate.

The Fighting Camels finished as the runners-up for the Big South Championship, and received an at-large berth as one of the last teams in for the NCAA regional which will take place May 16-18 in Kohler, Wisc., releasing plenty of tense feelings during the Golf Channel’s hour-long selection show Thursday morning.

One of the main leaders on the team this season was junior Craig Hornberger, who individually tied for 8th place overall at the recent Big South Tournament.

“It is overwhelming and exciting to get in (to the NCAA Regionals), and we worked so hard for this all season,” said Hornerberger. “It is (also) exciting for a small private school like Campbell to be able to put both of our teams into an NCAA tournament.”

Campbell is ranked 65th overall in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division-I poll. Colorado, who was ranked 66th overall, was the final team to earn an at-large berth among the 81 schools to receive bids and will compete in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., regional. Campbell will enter the NCAA Regional as an 11-seed in their respective bracket, with the top five schools qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

For the first time in school history, both the Campbell men’s and women’s squad qualified for the NCAA regional championships in the same year. Despite being one of the last teams to make the NCAA Tournament, Campbell is confident in their ability to take that next step come postseason play.

“The team realizes their potential now,” said assistant coach Weston Eklund. “They saw what the potential is, and I know they can do better. They are always going to strive for more, and we have a great group of guys, where I think they will step up.”

This season, the squad has worked hard notching two tournament victories, and closing out as the top-five teams on seven other occasions in 11 outings. In addition to the two victories on the year, the Fighting Camels came in second place four different times. Three of those four second-place finishes came during the spring campaign.

In addition to the automatic qualifier, Liberty, both Campbell and Charleston Southern provided the Big South with a record of three regional berths from the conference. Liberty is the 11-seed at the Albuquerque regional, while Charleston Southern will be the 10-seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, one of the six total regionals.

“We were not getting into the NCAA tournament before the last regional, and we got a little bit nervous,” said junior Gaston Bertinotti. “We were relieved with so much energy we had inside, and when we saw our name on the television, the sight was pretty good.”

Campbell head coach John Crooks has two teams that are competing in national tournament play. Crooks is currently with the women’s team in Bryan, Texas at the NCAA Tournament, and had to receive updates about his men’s team over the phone.

In fact, Campbell is one of just 47 schools nationwide to earn a team bid this year to both the NCAA men’s and women’s golf regional championships.

This regional berth marks the eighth time that Crooks has been the coach for a regional team or individual qualifier on the men’s side. Coupled with 19 women’s regional appearances, Campbell boasts a lineup that has 42 rounds of experience in NCAA post-season play. Crooks has mentored his men’s and women’s programs to 27 postseason trips since taking over the helm in the fall of 1990.

The Fighting Camels start tournament play on May 16 at the Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Welcome Wisdo

Campbell Men’s Soccer continues to revamp the coaching staff, adding former Eckerd College head coach Jeremy Wisdo as an assistant coach to the Fighting Camels squad.

Wisdo led Eckerd College to its first national ranking in 11 years last season and its highest conference regular season finish since 1992, earning back-to-back 11-win campaigns for the Tritons out of the All-Sunshine State Conference in the NCAA Division-II level.

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Wisdo now joins Tom Pool on the new coaching staff for Campbell Men’s Soccer under the leadership of second-year head coach Dustin Fonder, who led the Fighting Camels as a No. 4 seed in the Big South Conference during his first season.

“He knows what it takes to build a program the right way and to serve as an excellent role model for our student-athletes. We look forward to him making a positive impact to every facet of our team.” – said head coach Dustin Fonder

Campbell will have some unique tools at its disposal next season inside Eakes Athletic Complex, including a brand new locker room for the Campbell Men’s and Women’s Soccer programs.

 

The Fighting Camels open the regular season in late August, and fans can follow the action on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram online @GoCamelsMSOC along with our website GoCamels.com for the latest information.

Free Agent Find

Former Campbell Football standout Greg Milhouse has been called one of the best un-drafted free agent signings of the 2016 draft class, according to Sports Illustrated.

Read The Full Sports Illustrated Article Here

The two-time All-PFL product from Garner, N.C. was fielding offers from multiple NFL teams after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday, eventually signing with the New York Giants in front of friends, coaches and family.

Milhouse became the first Campbell player to sign with an NFL team, joining long snapper Danny Dillon, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend.

Sports Illustrated called Milhouse the best free agent signing of the New York Giants entire class, earning him honors in the article as on of the top free agent signees.

Milhouse will now head to the New York Giants rookie mini camp on May 6-7 in East Rutherford N.J., just outside the Giants home at MetLife Stadium. For more information on the Camels in the National Football League, follow @GoCamels on twitter or join the conversation using the hashtag #BuiesCreektotheNFL on social media.