Sam Bell, an Exacting Mentor of Runners, Dies at 88

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Sam Bell at Indiana University, where he coached track and field and cross-country for nearly three decades. In 1961, Bell coached the Oregon State cross-country team to the N.C.A.A. championship.

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Indiana University Athletics

Sam Bell, who turned out some of America’s best middle-distance runners as a college track and field and cross-country coach, died on Monday in Bloomington, Ind., the home of Indiana University, where he had spent most of his 40-year career. He was 88.

Indiana’s athletics department announced his death.

Bell was a head coach at Oregon State (1958-65), California (1965-69) and Indiana (1969-98). His 1961 cross-country team at Oregon State won the…

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