GENEVA, Ohio.--Connecticut College senior Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. placed 19th in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:42.05 at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Geneva, Ohio Thursday.
Franz broke a program record with her seventh NCAA appearance combined between track and field and cross country. She previously finished 10th in the distance medley relay (she ran the leadoff leg) at the 2014 indoor championship, 10th in the 800 meters at the 2014 outdoor championship, 12th in the 800 meters at the 2016 indoor championship, ninth in the 1500 meters at the 2016 outdoor championship, 101st at the 2016 cross country championship and 16th in the one mile run at the 2017 indoor championship. Maura Danahy '02, a member of the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame had been tied with Franz with six NCAA bids each.
"It has been a tough season for Bella with some health issues, and it was a big accomplishment in itself that she still qualified and was able to compete in one more NCAA Championship," Connecticut College Head Track & Field Coach Ned Bishop said.
At the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship in Waverly, Iowa last May, Franz placed ninth in the 1500 with an impressive finish in 4:35.80, running just 1.09 seconds behind the eighth place finisher and cutoff that determined the field of All-Americans.