James Bell Competes at First Day of Nationals

For immediate release – 5/25/2012 - #417
James Bell Competes at First Day of Nationals

CLAREMONT, CA – Lynchburg College men's track and field athlete James Bell competed in the first day of the decathlon at the Division III National Championship meet, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.  He currently sits in 17th place with 3281 points.  Richard Roethel from Christopher Newport University leads the competition with 3987 points.

Bell started off the day running a season-best in the 100 meter dash in 11.77 to garner 697 points.  In the second event, he earned 540 points with a leap of 18'11.75" in the long jump.

Bell finished sixth in the shot put competition.  He received 574 points with a heave 37'7.75".  His best showing came in the high jump, taking fourth with a height of 6'4" and 740 points.  Bell ended the night winning section 1 of the 400 meter dash in 51.85, adding 731 points to his day.  The time was a lifetime best for the senior.

The decathlon wraps up on Friday with events beginning at 5 p.m. EST.  Live stats can be followed at http://www.deltatiming.com/results/events_bytype.aspx?yf=2012&mf=2012-ncaa-division-3-outdoor-championships&ts=true.