NEW LONDON, Conn. –Connecticut College seniors Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) and Ben Bosworth (Dorchester, Mass.) have both qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship in the one mile run.
Under the direction of Head Coach Ned Bishop and Associate Head Coach Jim Butler, the Camels are headed to North Central College in Naperville, Ill. to compete in the national championship this week. Franz will be running her time trial at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Friday with Bosworth to follow at 2:15 p.m.
There will be two sections in the trial round (each gender) and the top three finishers in each section will automatically advance to the final. Four additional competitors will advance, being the four fastest from either section that did not advance automatically. The finals are on Saturday with the starting gun set at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time for the women, followed by at 2:10 p.m. start time for the men. The top eight finishers will earn All-America honors.
Franz is seeded sixth in the women's mile. She qualified with her school record time of 4:54.55, which was run at the NEICAAA Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center on February 25. This is Franz's sixth NCAA Championship appearance, tying Maura Danahy '02 for the most national appearances by a woman in program history. 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, 9th in the 1500 meters at the 2016 outdoor championship, and 101st at the 2016 cross country championship.
Franz holds school records in the 800 meters (indoors and outdoors), 1000 meters (indoors), 1500 meters (outdoors), mile (indoors), 4x400 meter relay (indoors) and distance medley relay (indoors). Bosworth is seeded ninth in the men's mile. He qualified with his time of 4:09.14, which was run at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on February 11. This is Bosworth's second NCAA Championship appearance. He previously finished 9th in the distance medley relay (he ran the anchor leg) at the 2016 indoor championship.
Bosworth holds a school record in the distance medley relay (indoors) and has the second fastest time in program history in the mile. The school record is 4:05.27, set by Mike LeDuc, a three-time combined national champion in track and cross country in 2014.
"We are very proud of all that Ben and Bella have accomplished this season and throughout their careers," Coaches Bishop and Butler said. "We are excited for this opportunity that awaits them, and we are looking forward to a great trip to North Central College!"