NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's track and field team bested the 19 team field with a score of 107.5 points this weekend to win the Silfen Invitational here in the Whaling City.
The Camels were led by sophomore Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who placed 2nd in the heptathlon with 4,214 points. This shattered her previous school record of 3,955 points that she set at last year's Silfen Invitational. Kennedy qualified for the New England Division III Championship with her superlative performance this weekend and has catapulted into the national rankings.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Kennedy posted a time of 15.51 seconds to break another Camel program record. The previous mark was 15.54 seconds, set in 1991 by Eileen Parrish. Kennedy qualified for the New England Division III Championship in this event. She also qualified for the New England Division III Championship in the high jump (five feet, one quarter inch) as well as the long jump (16 feet, six and a half inches).
Junior Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) scored 3,689 points to place fifth in the heptathlon. This was a 112 point improvement on her previous record, set at the New England Division III Championship last spring when she placed seventh for the Camels.
In the 800 meter run, senior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) placed third with a time of 2:15.26, earning invitations to the New England Division III and All-New England Championships. In the 5,000 meters, senior Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) posted a time of 17:36.35 to place fifth, earning invitations to the upcoming New England Division III and All-New England Championships. Junior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) placed fifth in the 10,000 meters, earning spots in the two aforementioned championships for the Camels with a time of 39:41.15. Both Franz and Curran will be ranked on the national performance list following their stellar performances here this weekend. Steph Van Riet (Dover, Mass.) placed 11th in this event, with a New England Division III qualifying mark of 40:59.68.
In the 4x800 meter relay, the Camel quartet comprised of Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth, Maine), Hannah Noyes (Vinalhaven, Maine), Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) and Curran posted a victory in a season-best time of 9:58.92. Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) won the shot put with a mark of 42 feet, 11 and three quarter inches, securing invitations to the New England Division III and All-New England Championships for the Camels. In the discus throw, Emily Senatore (Hanover, Mass.) and Mensah placed second and sixth for the Camels with marks of 124 feet, one inches and 109 feet, five inches. Senatore qualified for the New England Division III Championship with her mark.
Junior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) threw the javelin 123 feet, five inches to earn her invitation to the New England Division III Championship, placing fourth in this event for the Camels. Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.59.
In the 4x100 meter relay, Alfaro, Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) and Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) placed third with a season-best time of 51.42 seconds. Alfaro, Palmer, Gianna Rocchio (Coventry, R.I.) and Franz posted a season-best time of 4:11.91 en route to their fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay.
Palmer had her ticket punched for the New England Division III Championship in the 400 meter dash, placing fifth in 1:00.76 for the Camels. Thomas took sixth place in the triple jump (33 feet, four inches). Senior Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs, Conn.) placed seventh in the pole vault with a mark of eight feet, eight and one quarter inches.
The Camels added a pair of eighth place finishes today. Lamptey posted a time of 13.12 seconds in the 100 meter dash while Teare placed eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a New England Division III Championship qualifying time of 12:17.15