Belle selected NCAA Division II National Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week

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Tia-Adana Belle (Jr./St. Michaels, Barbados) is having a breakout year after winning the NCAA Division II 400-meter hurdles title last season.

The All-American hurdler from Saint Augustine’s University was named NCAA Division II National Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on April 5.

Belle earned the honor by posting the world’s third-best time this year in her signature event – the 400-meter hurdles – in the Florida Relays over the weekend (March 31-April 2). She ran a career-best 56.34 to win by a half-second over Autumne Franklin of Harvard University, a NCAA Division I All-America contender. Her time ranks second all-time on the NCAA Division II outdoor performance list and is currently the fastest collegiate time in the nation this season regardless of division.

Belle also helped the Lady Falcons achieve the fastest Division II time this season in the 4x400-meter relay in the Florida Relays. The Lady Falcons quartet of Belle, Ade Hunter (So./Philadelphia, PA), Ornella Livingston (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica) and Leah Barker (So./St. Michaels, Barbados) placed third against mostly Division I relay squads in an automatic qualifying time of 3:39.32.

The standout hurdler is off to a sizzling start in the outdoor season. Two weekends ago in the Raleigh Relays, Belle ran a preliminary time of 13.47 in the 100-meter hurdles which is the fastest in Division II this season.

Campus Events

Sunday, May 8: Baccalaureate Program; 6 p.m.; Saint Augustine's Chapel

Friday, May 13: Stone of Hope Gala; 7 p.m.; Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC; $100 per person

Saturday, May 14: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University Quadrangle