Harding Bisons Bell, Zaborowska Race Friday and Saturday at Indoor Nationals

Courtesy Harding University Athletics Department 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Harding senior Portia Bell and sophomore Ewa Zaborowska will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Bell, a native of Pacoima, Calif., will race in the 60-meter dash. She will run in lane 3 in the third and final preliminary heat on Friday at 3:45 p.m. The winners of each of the three heats, plus the next five fastest times, advance to the finals on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. 

Bell ran 7.60 in the 60 meters at Samford on Feb. 8 and enters the national championship ranked 14th in the even in Division II. It will be Bell’s first appearance at the indoor national championships. 

Zaborowska, who hails from Wejherowo, Poland, will compete in both the mile and the 3,000 meters after winning both events at the Lone Star Conference Championships in Lubbock, Texas. Harding’s school record holder in both events, Zaborowska is ranked third in Division II in the mile (4.49.88, Samford) and 14th in the 3,000 meters (9:46.39, Emory).

Zaborowska will have a very full schedule of events. She will race first in the mile preliminary Friday at 4:30 p.m. The top three finishers in both of the heats, plus the next three fastest times, advance to Saturday’s final at 4:15 p.m. Zaborowska will have a very short turn around before racing in the 3,000-meter final (no preliminary for the 3,000 meters) on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors.

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