Ex-Tucumcari resident set to compete

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

TUCUMCARI — Tucumcari residents who knew Olympian Amber Campbell are excited for the happy-go-lucky teenager they remember who attended local elementary and middle schools.

Campbell, 27, will be competing in the qualifying rounds of the hammer throw event on Monday morning (8:40 p.m. Sunday in New Mexico), and in the finals on Wednesday (5:20 a.m. Wednesday in N.M.) if she advances.

The women’s hammer is a 4-kilogram (8.8 pounds) steel ball on a 4-foot long wire attached to a metal handle. The athlete tries to throw it as far as he or she can. Campbell’s