After winning a sectional championship, St. Francis Borgia Regional junior hurdler Adam Bell had to like his chances at the state championships.

Bell earned his way to the podium at the Class 4 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City with a seventh-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles.

“I’m pretty stoked about today,” Bell said after Saturday’s finals. “I’m happy with the results. ...

Bell qualified for the finals with the fifth-fastest time in Friday’s preliminary races at 15.16. That meant Saturday’s race would determine which finalists would go where on the podium and receive which medals.

“I was more nervous definitely (Friday) because I was on the edge of making it and not making it,” Bell said. “(Saturday) was one of those (races) where I just had to have fun and stuff like that. I just went out for today and just enjoyed it and did everything possible not to get disqualified and (stay) guaranteed a medal.

Having to work around an early impact to one of his hurdles by neighboring runner Nathaniel Moore of Parkway Central, Bell ran the race in 15.33. Moore was disqualified.

“He actually caught me off guard because he hit one of my hurdles,” Bell said. “It got me off guard and kind of threw me, but it’s one of those (things) that happens. It happens to everyone. I feel bad for him. He had a good time going into this. I ran my best effort, but with that distraction happening, it’s just one of those (things).”

Bell’s sectional time of 14.95 was the fastest of his career in the race. He was fourth in the Class 4 District 5 standings with a time of 15.27. Parkway North’s Jakeel Suber won the championship in 14.13.

He missed a chance to qualify for the sectional round in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles by a fraction of a second.

This was the first state championship run for Bell.

“Working hard and putting a commitment toward what you want to do, you can really achieve it,” Bell said. “I wanted to go to state in every race I ran and I put effort into it. This is the outcome you can have.”

Bell was also the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large champion this season in the 110-meter high hurdles and received all-conference honors on Borgia’s third-place 400-meter relay team.