Lynchburg College Open Multi-Event Finished on Tuesday; Bell Wins Decathlon

For immediate release – 5/7/2012 - #399
Lynchburg College Open Multi-Event Finished on Tuesday; Bell Wins Decathlon

LYNCHBURG, VA – The two-day Lynchburg College Open Multi-Event ended on Tuesday with the last half of the decathlon and the final three events of the heptathlon.  Lynchburg College outdoor track and field member James Bell took home the individual title in the decathlon at the end of the meet.

Katie Miller was the only Hornet to participate from the women's outdoor track and field team.  In her first collegiate heptathlon, Miller came in 11th with 3000 points.  Her best event of the day came in the long jump, where she reached a distance of 15'2".  Charlene Charles of Division I Jacksonville University won the heptathlon with an overall score of 5422.  She led after the first day with a tally of 3299.

On the men's side several Hornets competed with Bell taking the title, garnering 6578 points over the two days.  The total not only puts Bell fifth currently in the nation, but also set a new facility record.

Bell came into Tuesday sitting in second place with 3264 points.  However, with his two best events of the day came in the 110 hurdles where he finished in a time of 15.58 and in the pole vault where he tied for first in the event reaching a height of 15'.

Zachary Kezar, who came into the day in third place, finished a respectable ninth.  Kezar competed in his first decathlon and earned 5359 points at the Open.

Members of the Lynchburg College men's and women's outdoor track and field will be back in action this Thursday at the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight, hosted at Roanoke College.

For complete decathlon results please go to and for complete heptathlon results visit