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Franz Qualifies for NCAA Championship in 800 Meters

Franz  Qualifies for NCAA Championship in 800 Meters

NEW LONDON, Conn, Mass.--Connecticut College freshman Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 800 meter run.

Franz posted  a time of 2:12.87 en route to a fifth place scoring in the 800 meters at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship (competition of Division I, II, and III competitors) hosted by Westfield State University back on May 10.

Franz bested the previous school record time of 2:15.61 set by Haley Goodwill '11 of Marlborough, Conn. in 2011.

"It was a great, great race for Bella," Connecticut College Head Track and Field Coach Ned Bishop said after witnessing the record setting performance. "This was the best race of her career."

Franz will travel to Ohio Wesleyan University to compete in the Championship this weekend.

The 800 meter trials will be held Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The finals will be held Saturday at 3:35 p.m.

Franz will be seeded 19th at the Championship.

This will be Franz's second appearance at an NCAA Championship in what has proved to be a stellar rookie season for the first year standout from Long Island.

At the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by Nebraska-Wesleyan University in March, Franz, Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs, Conn.), Caroline Leonard (Hingham, Mass.) and Kim Bolick (Hopkinton, Mass.) placed 10th in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:06.69.