Rea presented with Christenberry Award Thursday at Big South Hall of Fame Dinner

Kelsey Rea & Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)
Kelsey Rea & Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Campbell alumna Kelsey Rea was one of eight Big South student-athletes to receive the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence Thursday night, June 1 at The Marriott Resort as part of the league's annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner. The award is the highest academic honor presented annually by the Big South, given to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers.

Rea, a mid-distance specialist, graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University with a B.S. in Biology (Physician's Assistant Studies). The Pinehurst, N.C. native was selected as the 2017 Big South Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Campbell athlete to ever win the award. In four years with the Fighting Camels, Rea earned five Big South All-Academic Team selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-District awards.

Rea left her mark in the Campbell record books as she was part of the women's distance medley relay team that broke the school record, running the 800m leg for CU. The group posted a time of 11:59.41 at the Camel City Elite Invitational on Feb. 4, 2017. Rea also ranks fourth on Campbell's all-time top-10 list in the women's indoor and outdoor 800m with personal-best marks of 2:17.94 and 2:15.89, respectively.

Rea is the eighth Campbell student-athlete and the second from the track & field program to earn the Christenberry Award in its 22-year history. Laura Verschuren, a former Camel distance runner, won the award in 2013 with a 4.0 GPA. Other Christenberry Award recipients from Campbell include Carol Wynee (Softball, 1987), Lucynda Hicks (Women's Basketball, 1989), Andrea Boda (Women's Tennis, 1993), Shaela Churchill (Softball, 2014), Brandon Wilson (Baseball, 2014) and Tori Griffin (Softball, 2016).

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