Mensah, Curran Lead Camels to Eighth Place Finish at New England D. III Championship

Mensah, Curran Lead Camels to Eighth Place Finish at New England D. III Championship

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The Connecticut College women's track and field team placed eighth at the New England Division III Championship hosted by Williams College this weekend with a score of 28 points. The Camels were the fourth highest NESCAC finisher. From a historical perspective, this was the second best finish for the program at this Championship. Connecticut College's best performance at this Championship was when they captured the inaugural Division III Crown back in 1989.

Koko Mensah (pictured, Orange, N.J.) continued to build on her impressive rookie campaign in the throws, securing a New England Division III Championship in the shot put with a mark of 42 feet, five and one quarter inches. Mensah joined her teammate Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) as one of the only two Camels to win a New England Division III title in her rookie season. Franz did so in the 800 meters back in the winter of 2014.  Junior Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed seventh in the shot put with a mark of 39 feet, two and one quarter inches. 

In the 10,000 meters, senior Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) catapulted all the way up to 22nd place on the national performance list in her inaugural running of this event, placing second with a time of 36:34.34. Junior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) set a personal record in the 10,000 for the Camels, placing 10th with a time of 39:28.00. Steph Van Riet (Dover, Mass.) posted a time of 41:33.96 in the 10,000 today.

In the discus throw, sophomore Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) placed fourth with a mark of 123 feet and one inch. Sophomore Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed seventh in the heptathlon with a score of 3929 points for the Camels this weekend. Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) finished 11th in the heptathlon with 3581 points. 

Lauren Kennedy finished eighth in the javelin with a throw of 129 feet, five inches. Junior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) placed 11th with a personal best throw of 125 feet, one inch for the Camels.

In the 4x100 meter relay, the Camel quartet comprised of Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.), Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) and 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass) set a school record with a time of 50.24 seconds. The previous record of 50.33 seconds was established in 2008 by Cindy Nielsen, Joann O'Brien, Asia Bento and Molly Sease.

Other notable performances this weekend included Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) in the 3000 meter steeplechase (12:35.87); Palmer in the 400 meters (61.54 seconds); and Alfaro's time of 16.05 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. 

All of the performers that placed in the top eight are recognized as All-New England Division III honorees.