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Curran and Franz Cap Off Terrific Seasons at NCAA Championship for Camels

Curran and Franz Cap Off Terrific Seasons at NCAA Championship for Camels

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Connecticut College seniors Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. and Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. competed in the NCAA Championship at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. today.

Both Camels ran well in the Blue Grass State. Curran posted time of 21:53 on the 6k course to finish in 89th place for the Camels. This was her highest finish in her three appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Franz, who was making her first run at nationals in cross country, finished in 101st place with a time of 21:59.

Connecticut College Head Women's Cross Country Coach and Head Men's and Women's Track & Field Coach Ned Bishop was pleased with both runners performance in a terrific season of running at Connecticut College. 

"We're extremely proud of everything that Ashley and Bella have accomplished this season," Coach Bishop said.

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 last week. 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. 

Curran made her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship this weekend. She also earned an invitation to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 5000 meters.

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