Bell signs to run at Chico State

Breah Bell led the Highlanders girls, breaking the school-record in the 100 meters in 12.55 seconds at the NCS Bayshore Championships on May 11.

Recently-graduated Piedmont High School standout Breah Bell has signed to continue her track and field career at Chico State University.

Bell completed her Highlander career by making the North Coast Meet of Champions in May. She set the school record in the 100 meters at the NCS Bayshore Championships on May 11 when she ran 12.55 seconds.

“Towards the end of the season, we saw all the effort she put in during the offseason and during the season pay off,” Piedmont track and field coach Pouyan Assadi said. “I think she dropped her PR six of her last seven races, which you don’t really see as a 100 meter runner.”

Bell is one of three Highlanders in this year’s graduating class to sign to compete in college. Distance runner Xander Schulte-Sasse also will go to Chico State. Distance runner Julien Lee is headed to Colorado College.

Bell also competed regularly in the 200 and long jump this year. Her best in the former was 27.28. She jumped 16 feet, 8 ½ inches in the latter and nearly matched that mark at the Meet of Champions (16-8 ¼, wind-aided). She also tried the triple jump.

Assadi said he expects Bell to concentrate on the sprints at Chico State at the beginning.

“She really wanted to try to find something that matched her academics and also run track,” he said. “She’s very pumped because when you break the school record and make the meet of champions you have that momentum going and then it ends. She’ll get great facilities, she’ll get great coaching.”

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