Shannon Kennedy Sets School Record in Heptathlon for Camels

Shannon Kennedy Sets School Record in Heptathlon for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored 3955 points to place third in the heptathlon, setting a school record for Connecticut College at the Silfen Invitational Saturday. Kennedy qualified for the ECAC as well as the New England Division III Championship with her superlative performance.

Sophomore Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) scored 3331 points to finish fifth in the heptathlon, earning an invitation to the New England Division III Championship for Connecticut College.

The Camels placed fourth out of 20 teams with a score of 83 points in their home invitational.

Junior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) posted a time of 2:14.93 to place third in the 800 meter run, qualifying for both of the aforementioned championships. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, senior Emily Winter (pictured, Easton, Conn.) qualified for the ECAC and New England Division III Championship with a time of 11:33.77 in a second place finish for the Camels. Junior Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) placed fifth in the steeple with a time of 11:56.46 for the hosts to earn an invitation to the New England Division III Championship.

Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) threw the discus 120 feet, eight inches in a second place scoring for the Camels, qualifying for the New England Division III Championship with her mark. In the 4x800 meter relay, the Camel quartet comprised of Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Guay, Grace Sheeran (Medina,Wash.) and Winter posted a time of 10:12.11 to finish third for the Camels.

Shannon Kennedy was second in the long jump (16 feet, seven inches), third in the javelin throw (105 feet, seven and one half of an inch), third in the 100 meter hurdles (16.27 seconds), fourth in the high jump (4 feet, 10 and one half of an inch) and was fifth in both the 800 meter run (2.44.91) as well as the shot put (26 feet, one inch). Kennedy qualified for the New England Division III Championship in the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump.

Junior Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was fourth in the javelin (119 feet, three inches) and fifth in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 11 and three quarters of an inch. She qualified for the New England Division III Championship in both events and earned an invitation to the ECACs in the javelin. Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) and Senatore placed fifth and eighth in the javelin with respective marks of 114 feet, four inches and 105 feet even. Saperstein qualified for the New England Division III Championship with her mark.

Vener posted a time of 2:38.43 to place third in the 800 meter run. She added a fourth place scoring in the shot put (26 feet, eight and one quarter of an inch) the 200 meter dash (28.50 seconds) and in the long  jump (15 feet, two and three quarters of an inch). In the high jump, Vener was fifth (4 feet, 7 inches). Vener took sixth place in the javelin throw (72 feet, two and one half of an inch) and was sixth in the 100 meter hurdles (18.50 seconds).

Senior Marina Stuart (Philadelphia, Pa.) reached a height of nine feet and one quarter of an inch to place sixth in the pole vault Saturday.

In the 10,000 meters, senior Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) qualified for the New England Division III Championship, placing seventh and eighth for the Camels with respective times of 39:32.47 and 40:09.79. Anna Laurence (Newton, Mass.) and Katie Dubois (Scarborough, Maine) posted times of 41:01.78 and 41:04.55 to earn invitations to the New England Division III Championship.

In the 4x100 meter relay, Tori Kenyon (Plymouth, Mass.), Kenzie McFarland (Monroe, Conn.), Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) and Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) placed seventh in 52.88 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team comprised of Ashley Bjorkman (Mansfield, Conn.), Gianno Rocchio (Coventry, R.I.), Shannon Kennedy and Lamptey turned in another seventh place finish for the Camels with a time of 4:18.62.

Sheeran qualified for the New England Division III Championship with a time of 18:34.77 in the 5000 meter run.

Franz is on the national performance list in the 800 meters. Winter catapulted her way onto the list in the steeplechase. Senatore is nationally ranked in the discus. Both Shannon Kennedy and Vener have moved onto the national performance list in the heptathlon.

All of the aforementioned individual marks have met the standard to qualify for the NESCAC Championship at Amherst College April 30.

Other qualifiers for the NESCAC Championship include McFarland in the 100 meter dash (13.20 seconds), Kenyon (27.17 seconds), Lamptey (27.29 seconds), McFarland (28.04), Rocchio (28.93) and Bjorkman (29.12) along with Shannon Kennedy and Vener in the 200 meter dash. Brydson qualified in the 800 meters (2:26.04), Caroline Leonard (Hingham, Mass.) did in the 1500 meters (5:09.04), Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth Maine, 12:34.20), Sabina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.13:18.47) and Mimi Crawford (Allentown, N.J. 13:22.79) did in the steeplechase. Steph Van Riet (Dover, Mass. 20:13.32) did in the 5000 meters, Stuart did in the pole vault as well as the triple jump (32 feet, two inches), Vener qualified in the long jump, Shannon Kennedy and Senatore did in the javelin.