Franz Wins New England Division III Crown in 1,000 Meters for Camels

Franz Wins New England Division III Crown in 1,000 Meters for Camels

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.--Junior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) posted a time of 2:56.56 to win the 1,000 meter crown at the New England Division III Championship hosted by Middlebury College in the Green Mountain State of Vermont this weekend.

Franz bested a school record set by Kim Bolick (Hopkinton, Mass.), Connecticut College Class of 2015, who held the previous record since 2012 with a time of 2:57.65. She also set a facility record for Middlebury.  

It's the second New England Division III Crown for Franz, who triumphed in the 800 meters as a freshman in 2014. 

With their 12 points scored, the Camels finished in a tie for 16th place with Wheaton College.

In the 5,000 meters, junior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. placed seventh with a time of 18:06.15 for the Camels.

Both Franz and Curran are honored as All-New England Division III performers for Connecticut College.

In the pentathlon, Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) scored 2,494 points for the Camels. Senior Lauren Kennedy (Longmeadow, Mass.) threw the shot put 36 feet, 10 and one half of an inch. In the 3,000 meters, Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) posted a time of 11:04.67 for Connecticut College.

Senior Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) ran her fastest time on a flat track in the 5,000 meters, posting a time of 18.51.81 for the Camels.

In the 4x200 meter relay, senior Tori Kenyon (Plymouth, Mass.), Gianna Rocchio (Coventry, R.I.), Kenzie McFarland (Monroe, Conn.) and Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) posted a time of 1:52.60 in their fastest finish this season.  Shannon Kennedy (Longmeadow, Mass.), Lamptey, Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) and Rocchio posted a time of 4:21.34 in the 4x400 meter relay for the Camels.  In the 4x800 meter relay, Haley Sykes (Foxboro, Mass.), Caroline Leonard (Hingham, Mass.), Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Franz placed 10th with a time of 10:01.15.

Sophomore Alex Fromme (Carlsbad, Calif.), Shannon Kennedy, Casey Sullivan (Beijing, China) and Guay finished ninth in the distance medley relay with a time of 13:11.96.