BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Kelsey Rea has been named the Big South Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the Big South Conference office on Wednesday afternoon. Fraser Colmer, who plays soccer at Radford, won the men's award.
Rea is the second Campbell female athlete to be honored in the last four years, with softball player Shaela Churchill winning the award in 2014. Rea excelled in the classroom during her senior year, as this is her sixth academic honor of 2017.
The Pinehurst, N.C., native graduated from Campbell in May with a degree in biology, finishing out her academic career with a perfect GPA and earning the Big South Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence.
On the track, Rea concluded her Camel career with a stellar year, earning First Team All-Big South honors with her second place finish in the distance medley relay at the indoor conference championship.
She raced in the 800m at both the indoor and outdoor Big South Championships, placing sixth on both occasions. Her time of 2:15.94 at the outdoor meet just narrowly missed her lifetime best of 2:15.89 in the event. Rea set a new PR of 5:17.68 in the mile at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational in March. That mark eclipsed her previous personal record by nearly four seconds (5:21.04).
The Big South Sports Information Directors vote on the Scholar-Athletes of the Year from the pool of each sport's winners. In the voting, Rea finished with 40 points, followed by Charleston Southern tennis player Nicolin Luecke (24 points) and basketball player Janie Miles (21 points), of Presbyterian.
Kelsey Rea's Academic Awards in 2017:
Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year
CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America
CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District
Big South Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Big South Christenberry Award
Big South Indoor and Outdoor All-Academic Team