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Curran & Franz Headed to NCAA Championship for Camels

Curran & Franz Headed to NCAA Championship for Camels

WESTFIELD, Mass.--Connecticut College seniors Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. and Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. have both earned invitations to the NCAA Championship.

Curran posted a time of 21:41 to place 13th in the field at the New England Division III Championship hosted by Westfield State University at Stanley Park today. She matched her own school record in the 6k distance.  Franz placed 16th in the field with a time of 21:45 to move into second place on the Camels' all-time list. 

Both Curran and Franz will receive bids to the NCAA Championship when the field is formally released tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. Curran will be making her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. She also earned an invitation to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 5000 meters.

Franz will be making her fifth appearance at an NCAA Championship. Her first four visits to nationals were with the track and field program. In May, Franz placed ninth at the NCAA Championship in the 1500 meters. 

Curran and Franz will be honored as All-New England performers by the New England Division III Cross Country Association. They will also be recognized on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTCCCA) All-Region Team for Connecticut College.

Curran, Franz and Head Coach Ned Bishop will visit the Bluegrass State of Kentucky next Saturday to compete in the National Championship at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville. 

Connecticut College placed 14th in the field of 63 teams with a score of 423 points.

MIT scored 68 points to win the New England Division III Crown. 

Freshman Hannah Noyes (Vinalhaven, Maine) was third Camel finisher to cross the finish line in 115th place with a personal record setting time of 23:33. Classmate Julianna Donovan (Needham, Mass.) had a record setting day of her own, posting a time of 23:56 in 137th place.  Sophomore Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth, Maine) posted a record-setting time of 23:59 as the fifth Camel scorer in 142nd place.

Senior Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) was next in 179th place with a time of 24:31. Sabina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.) was the seventh Camel to complete the course in 207th place with a time of 24:51.