Track & Field: Bell, Dolsak Qualify for NCAA Championships

Monday, May 21, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seniors Ryan Bell (New Wilmington, Pa. / Wilmington) and Emily Dolsak (McDonald, Ohio/McDonald), members of the Westminster College men's and women's track and field teams, have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships that will be held May 24-26 at Fritz B. Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif. at Claremont McKenna College.

The top 20 men and 22 women declared student-athletes in each event, based on their outdoor performances since Mar. 1, were accepted into the competition. The final list of qualifiers was released on Sunday. The top-8 places will earn All-American status.

Bell, ranked fourth in the country with a 66.48m mark, will compete in the javelin throw on Saturday at 3:40 p.m. EST and Dolsak, standing 11th with a 44.38m mark, will compete in the discus on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. EST.

Bell was an All-American a year ago with a fourth-place finish (62.8), marking the only javelin All-American and national qualifier in the event in Westminster history. This year, Bell won the team's first ever Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) title and also broke his own school-record at the 2012 Quad North Track Meet in April with a toss of 66.48m. 

Dolsak is the first Titan to qualify for women's discus and first woman Titan to qualify overall since 2008. This season, Dolsak won her fourth-straight PAC title with a PAC Championship record of 41.71m and also broke her own school-record at the Carnegie Mellon Quad Meet in April with a throw of 44.38m.

Coverage of the national championships will be available here.

List of the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships Qualifiers: Men - Women

Updated May 23, 11:02 a.m.

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