Event: Triple Jump
PR: TJ-17.63m/57-10.25 (2002); LJ – 8.05m/26-5 (2000)
Current Residence: Decatur, Ga.
High School: Kilgore (Texas) HS ‘95
College: Northwestern State University ‘00
Agent: Marisa Reich
2001 World University Games gold medalist (17.24m/56-6.75)
Two-time USA Outdoor champion – 2003 (17.59m/57-8.5); 2010 (17.02m/55-10.25)
2008 Olympic Trials runner-up (17.23m/56-06.50)
2006 USA Outdoor runner-up (17.19m/56-4.75)
2005 Indoor & Outdoor runner-up
3rd at 2004 Olympic Trials (17.57m/57-8.25)
3rd at 2007 USA Outdoor Championships (16.87m/55-4.25)
Awards and Honors
2000 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year
Three-time NCAA All-American
1998 Southland Conference Male Field Events Athlete of the Year
Bell had a strong 2010 season highlighted by his win at the USA Outdoor Championships, the second of his career and first since 2003. He has competed twice in the Olympic Games (’04 and ’08) and has been ranked as one of America’s top ten triple jumpers in each of the past nine years by Track & Field News. Bell’s 2002 season was interrupted when he broke the fourth metatarsal bone in his left foot three weeks prior to the USA Outdoor Championships. In his final collegiate season in 2000, Bell broke the Southland Conference indoor triple jump record and won the long jump to score 20 points at the conference championships. He is the Southland Conference’s second-best all-time indoor triple jumper following only 1984 Olympic gold medalist Al Joyne of Arkansas State. Bell studied criminal justice in college. His first name is pronounced Ken-TAY.
2012: 6th at Ponce Grand Prix (14.97m/49-1.5); 8th at USA Indoor Champs (16.32m/53-6.5); 1st at Murfreesboro (16.16m/53-0.25)
2011: 11th at USA Outdoors (16.42m/53-10.5); 8th at adidas Grand Prix (15.02m/49-3.5); 4th at Glasgow (15.58).
2010: USA Outdoor Champ (17.02m/55-10.25); ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN.
2009: 5th at USA Outdoors (16.11m/52-10.25); 2nd at Florida-Claremont (16.85m/55-3.50).
2008: Olympic Trials runner-up (17.23m/56-06.50); 13th in Group A qualifying at Olympic Games (16.88m/55-4.75); 5th at Rio de Janeiro (17.04m/55-11).
2007: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (16.87m/55-4.25); 15th in qualifying. at World Outdoors (16.55m/54-3.75); 1st at USATF Florida Association Championships (17.26m/56-7.5); 1st at Clemont, Fla. (17.26m/56-7.50); 1st at Gent (16.89m/55-5i).
2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (17.19m/56-4.75); runner-up at Geneva (17.29m/56-8.75); 3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (16.84m/55-3w); 9th at Stockholm (16.20m); 8th at London Grand Prix (16.02m).
2005: 2nd at USA Outdoors (16.82m/55-2.25); 7th at World Outdoor Champs (17.11m/56-1.75); 1st at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (16.93m/55-6.5); 1st at adidas Track Classic (17.09m/56-1); USA Indoor runner-up (16.86m/55-3.75).
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials TJ (17.57m/57-8.25); 9th at Olympic Games (16.90m/55-5.5); 1st at Mt. SAC (17.40m/57-1); 1st at El Paso, Texas (17.19m/56-4.75); wind-aided mark of 17.76m (58-3.25).
2003: USA Outdoor champion (17.59m/57-8.5 U.S. Leader); 6th at World Outdoors (17.08m/56-0.5); 3rd at USA Indoors (17.06m/55-11.75); 1st at IAAF Japan Grand Prix (17.01m/55-9.25).
2002: USA Indoors TJ runner-up (16.95m/55-7.5); 4th in LJ at USA Indoors (7.54m/24-9); 2nd in LJ at Erfurt (7.94m/26-0.75); 1st in TJ at Mt.SAC (17.63m/57-10.25PR, No. 1 by an American in ‘02).
2001: World University Games gold medalist (17.24m/56-6.75); 5th at USA Indoors (16.15m/53-0); 9th at World Indoors (16.13m/52-11); 4th at USA Outdoors (16.80m/55-1.5).
2000: 11th at Olympic Trials (16.12m/52-10); ranked No. 7 in TJ in U.S. by T&FN.
1999: 4th at USA Outdoors in TJ (52-7.25), 10th in LJ (7.63m/25-0.5w); 11th at NCAA Outdoors in LJ & 8th in TJ; Southland Conference outdoor champ in TJ, runner-up in LJ.
1998: SLC champ in TJ, runner-up in LJ; 18th in LJ at NCAA Outdoors, no mark in TJ.
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2010: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.02m/55-10.15 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 24 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 16.85m/55-3.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 48 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.04m/55-11 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 32 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.26m/56.7.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 16 in the world)
2006: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.29m/56-8.75 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 15 in the world)
2005: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.11m/56-1.75 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 20 in the world)
2004: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.58m/57-8.25 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 5 in the world)
2003: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.59m/57-8.5 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world)
2002: Indoor bests – Long Jump, 7.94m/26-0.75 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 26 in the world); Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.63m/57-10.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world)
2001: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.24m/56-6.75; Long Jump, 7.90m/25-11
2000: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 17.22m/56-6.75
1999: Outdoor bests – Triple Jump, 16.52m/54-2.5; Long Jump, 7.92m/26-0
1998: Indoor bests – Triple Jump, 15.85m/52-0; Outdoor bests, 7.88/25-10.25