NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Bella Franz of Water Mill, N.Y. has been honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Track Performer of the Week.
Franz registered a time of 4:34.01 in the 1,500-meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton. Her time currently ranks seventh on the Division III national performance list.
"Bella had a terrific race at Princeton on Friday night," Connecticut College Head Track & Field and Head Women's Cross Country Coach Ned Bishop said. "She was very comfortable with the early pace, and she made three very nice surges at just the right time to move up and finish very fast. While her earlier races this spring had been slowed a bit by an illness, she has worked hard to recover and persevere. Her training last week was right on target and the race was just what we were looking for. She ran a little faster than she did in the same meet last spring, so this gives her a very nice springboard into the championship portion of our season."
Franz recently competed at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship 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. It was 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).
The Camels are headed north to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine to compete in the NESCAC Championship this weekend.