Koko Mensah & Lauren Kennedy Lead Camels at NESCAC Championship

Koko Mensah & Lauren Kennedy Lead Camels at NESCAC Championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine--Connecticut College rookie thrower Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) won the NESCAC crown in the shot put at Bowdoin College today with a mark of 42 feet, nine and three quarter inches.  Mensah climbed to 24th place on the national performance list with her throw.  Junior Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed third behind Mensah with an All-NESCAC mark of 40 feet six and one quarter inches for the Camels.

Connecticut College scored 37 points to finish in eighth place in the Pine Tree State. Lauren Kennedy threw the javelin 132 feet, three inches in another third place mark for the Camels today. She moved into 20th place on the national performance list with this throw. Junior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) placed eighth in the javelin with a mark of 122 feet, four inches. This lands Saperstein in 42nd place on the national performance list. 

In the discus throw, sophomore Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) placed fifth with a mark of 125 feet, seven inches today. Senior Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) posted a time of 11:37.18 to place sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the Camels. In the 100 meter hurdles, sophomore Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) placed sixth and seventh for the Camels. Kennedy posted a time of 15.73 seconds in the trials and 15.78 seconds in the finals. Alfaro posted a time of 15.91 seconds in the trials and 16.12 seconds in the finals.

Shannon Kennedy placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, five and one quarter inches today. In the pole vault, senior Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs, Conn.) placed eighth, eclipsing her previous school record by seven inches with a mark of 10 feet, two inches for the Camels.  This performance earned Jacobsen an invitation to the New England Division III Championship next week. 

In the 4x100 meter relay, Alfaro, Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) and Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.), a 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, posted a season-best time of 50.68 seconds for the Camels.  Alfaro, Palmer, Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) and Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) ran a season-best time of 4:11.09 in the 4x400 meter relay for the Camels in the Pine Tree State today.

Franz is ranked seventh on the national performance list in the 1500 meter. She's in 34th place in the country in the 800 meter run. In the heptathlon, Shannon Kennedy is in 16th place while Vener is ranked 49th in the nation for the Camels.