NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. has qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Franz earned the #12 seed in the 1500 meter run with her performance at the ECAC Championship this week. She bested her own school record with a time of 4:31.96 to place second for the Camels.
"Bella has had a terrific series of meets this spring," Connecticut College Head Track & Field Coach Ned Bishop said. "She has been alternating between the 800 meters and the 1500 meters, and she has scored big points for the team in each of our championship meets. This will be the first time she has run the longer event at the NCAA's, as her previous three trips to nationals have been for the distance medley relay (2014 indoors) and the 800 meters (2014 outdoors and 2016 indoors). Her improvement in the 1500 meters has been truly significant, as she has run almost eight seconds faster this year than what she ran in 2015."
The NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship will be hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa from May 26-28.
Connecticut College's cross country and track & field teams have enjoyed tremendous success this year. In the fall, Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass., qualified for the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship. This past March, Connecticut College equaled a program record with the most qualifiers for an NCAA Championship (five). Bishop and Associate Head Track & Field Coach Jim Butler traveled to Grinnell, Iowa with Bella Franz and the men's distance medley relay team comprised of senior Niall Williams of Scotia, N.Y, sophomores Christian Whitaker of Dolton, Ill. and Connor Trapp of Wilmette, Ill. along with junior Ben Bosworth of Dorchester, Mass.