Bell Storms Back on Second Day to Earn All-American Honors

For immediate release – 5/26/2012 - #419
Bell Storms Back on Second Day to Earn All-American Honors

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CLAREMONT, CA – After starting day two of the NCAA Division III decathlon 17th overall, Lynchburg College men's track and field athlete James Bell had an incredible outing to finish third overall, earning his second career All-American honor.  Defending champion Ethan Miller of Central College won the event with 7017 points.

Bell started off the day earning 770 points in the 110 meter hurdles.  He finished in a time of 15.67. 

However, the next few events were the strongest for Bell.  In the first throwing event in the afternoon, Bell launched the discus 113'6".  The toss earned him 556 points after being the fourth best throw.  In the next event, his best, Bell won the pole vault competition, tying a career best of 15'9" and earning 849 points.

Bell continued to shine on the second day.  Competing in another of his stronger events, the javelin, Bell finished third and gained 632 points.  The heave of 173'7" was the longest of his career.

He ended the night in the 1500 meter run, coming in at 4:44.31.  The ninth place finish gave him 653 points for the event.

Along with the other personal bests, Bell finished his career with a lifetime best in the decathlon, earning a total of 6742.  With the conclusion of the event, Bell leaves Lynchburg as a two-time All-American and a nine-time ODAC individual champion.