Photo Courtesy: Harding Athletics (Betty Evans)
SEARCY, Ark. (HARDING) - The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced the participants for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships on Tuesday, and four members of the Harding women's team received invitations to compete.
Senior Portia Bell (Pacoima, Calif.) will compete in the 100 meters and 200 meters, sophomore Ewa Zaborowska (Wejherwo, Poland) in the 1,500 meters, sophomore Kristen Celsor (Searcy, Ark.) in the high jump, and senior Tiffany Chambers (Rogers, Ark.) in the pole vault.
The championships will be held May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo., at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. Colorado State-Pueblo will serve as the host of the championships. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors.
Student-athlete qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established in each event.
Bell qualified fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.65, set at the Lone Star Conference Meet. She is 12th in 200 meters with a qualifying time of 23.82, also set at the LSC Meet, where Bell was the conference champion in both events.
Bell will be making her first appearance in the outdoor national championships and is looking to become Harding's first All-American in the 100 or 200 meters since Calister Uba earned the honor in both events in 1998.
Zaborowska will be making her second appearance at outdoor nationals. She placed 10th in the 800 meters as a freshman. Her time of 4:26.24 at Ole Miss places Zaborowska as the fourth-best qualifier in the 1,500 meters, where she could become Harding's first All-American since Hanna Haavikko in 2003.
Celsor and Chambers will attempt to become Harding's first All-Americans in a field event since Penny Mayberry in the high jump in 1995. Celsor qualified 10th in the high jump, clearing a Harding record 5 feet, 8 inches at the Harding meet. Chambers could become Harding's first All-American in the outdoor women's pole vault after qualifying 16th with a school-record height of 12-6 at Harding.
Harding's women enter the event ranked 19th in Division II.
Harding's men did not have any qualifiers for nationals. Sophomore Donatella Luckett was edged out in a tiebreaker for the final spot in the 100 meter dash.