Sophomore Asa Bell shows work ethic on and off track


Abigail Bekele

Sophomore Asa Bell poses for a photo.//Photo by Abigail Bekele/The Guilfordian

While in college, it’s hard for student-athletes to extend their time between sports, academics and social life. For the ones that can like sophomore Asa Bell being well-rounded and versatile allows him to clear hurdles on the path to success.

Since 2017, Bell has been a part of Guilford’s track and field team. He has competed in over 15-meets as a sprinter. Before attending Guilford, Bell held multiple records at Friends Central School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Outside of track and field, Bell is a member of the CNC step team. As a member of the CNC step team, he along with other students, compete in step shows and performances against other colleges.

“CNC step team is about incorporating culture on campus in the form of dance,” said teammate and junior Jeremiah Hedricks.

For Bell, the CNC step team is more than a club.

“CNC has showed me so many things about myself, and how you see yourself isn’t accurate,” said Bell. “Practicing a step for a week, then seeing it in a mirror and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s not at all what I thought I looked like doing this.’”

Besides being a part of the CNC step team, Bell has been working with the Campus Activities Board and works in the sports information office.

With his work ethic in track and field, Bell is becoming a disciplined student-athlete and it’s this drive and commitment that brought him to Guilford College.

“He is focused and direct he is a natural born leader,” said Assistant Track and Field Coach Marla Lindsay. “His ability to take a complex situation and solve it is something I admire about him.”

Bell’s sports career dates back to his kindergarten days.

“I started playing soccer when I was five years old, but I did not start running track until my sophomore year of high school. I had done small club track when I was about 10 or 11, but soccer was my main sport at the time and I only did two seasons of club track,” said Bell.

Sports was only part of the reason he came to Guilford.

“I chose Guilford because I was very interested in the soccer and music programs, and after playing soccer and running track for a year my schedule could not accommodate for anything but track,” said Bell. “I was recruited to do ID camps at George Mason University and Swarthmore College for soccer that gives coaches a chance to recruit multiple athletes at once. That garnered interest from a few schools near where I lived.”

Bell is talented on and off the field. Aside from sports, he is a producer and to some of his friends he is referred to as “Abu.”

“I am a musician, so in my free time I like to produce and make beats,” said Bell. “But in addition to that I enjoy cooking food, I don’t know if I’m that good but I like to do it anyway.”