Mensah Posts Victories in the Shot Put & the Discus Throw at Amherst

Mensah Posts Victories in the Shot Put & the Discus Throw at Amherst

AMHERST, Mass.--Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) set a school record in the shot put, securing a victory with a New England Division III qualifying mark of 43 feet, two and a half inches at Amherst College's Spring Fling Invitational Saturday. Mensah also took first place in the discus throw, earning an invitation to the aforementioned championship with a throw of 121 feet and one inch.

The Camels scored 53 points to place fifth in the 11 team field of competitors.  The Engineers from WPI tallied 97.5 points to secure the victory.

Connecticut College senior Ashley Curran (pictured, Franklin, Mass.) posted a time of 11:48.53 en route to her second place showing in the 3000 meter steeplechase.  Curran earned an invitation to the New England Division III Championship with her mark. In the 1,500 meter run, senior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) had her ticket stamped for the New England Division III Championship with a fourth place finish in 4:48.66.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) placed second in 1:10.07.  Sophomore Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) earned invitations to the New England Division III Championship in the long jump and the 100 meter hurdles, placing second and fifth for the Camels with marks of 17 feet, one and a half inches and 16.40 seconds.

Third place finishes Saturday included Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) in the discus with a New England Division III Championship qualifying mark of 111 feet, five inches;  Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who met the standard for the aforementioned New England Division III Championship in the javelin throw with a mark of 125 feet, eight inches; the 4x100 meter relay team of Alfaro, Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) and Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) that posted a time of 52.02 seconds and the 4x400 meter relay quartet comprised of Lamptey, Palmer, Alfaro and Hannah Noyes (Vinalhaven, Maine) that posted a time of 4:20.59.

Junior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) and Senatore took fourth and seventh in the hammer with throws of 120 feet, two inches and 115 feet, five inches. Saperstein and Shannon Kennedy placed sixth and eighth for the Camels in the javelin with throws of 113 feet, seven inches and 101 feet, 10 inches Saturday.  Saperstein's mark earned her an invitation to the aforementioned New England Division III Championship.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Callahan Wilde (Wellesley, Mass.) and Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) placed seventh and eighth with times of 18.07 and 18.09 seconds.  Vener posted a time of 1:14.68 to place seventh in the 400 meter hurdles Saturday. 

Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs, Conn.) cleared eight feet, six and one quarter inches to place sixth for the Camels in the pole vault. Thomas posted a mark of 31 feet even in the triple jump and covered a distance of 14 feet, seven inches in the long jump to place seventh and eighth for the Camels in these events.

NESCAC qualifiers for the Camels Saturday included Lamptey in the 100 meter dash, Palmer in the 200 meter dash, Vener in the 400 meter hurdles and the javelin throw; Shannon Kennedy in the javelin throw; Jacobsen in the 200 meter dash and the pole vault; Senatore and Saperstein in the hammer throw; Alfaro in the 400 meter hurdles along with Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth, Maine), Noyes, Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) and Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) in the 1,500 meter run.