Bell had an excellent prep career at New Castle Senior High School. In just one season at WVU, she set both indoor and outdoor school records in the triple jump with 38-foot and 36-foot efforts. She also ran with the indoor school record 200-meter relay team and the outdoor 100- and 200-meter relay teams. It was believed that her sophomore year she was going to earn many honors. As a sophomore she had a solid season, after gaining experience with regional appearances in indoor and outdoor track. Returning her junior year, she was considered one of the most talented individuals on the team.