NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's track & field program placed third among 19 scoring teams at the Silfen Invitational it hosted over the weekend by breaking four school records and winning three events. The Camels finished the two-day meet with 82 points.
Junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) established two program standards at the meet, as she finished second overall and first among Division III competitors with 4,352 points in the heptathlon while giving herself a boost in her premier event. The junior's record-breaking mark of 17-feet, 6-inches in the long jump topped the field of 13 competitors by nearly a foot and eclipsed the previous standard of 17-4.25 which was recorded by Nichola Minott 22 years ago in 1986.
Kennedy's final point total in the heptathlon also ranks ninth nationally through this weekend's action. Senior Olivia Verner (Marblehead, Mass.) placed fifth in the same event with 3,969 points, which ranks 23rd in the country, by most notably notching runner-up marks of 112 feet in the javelin throw and 16-7.75 in the long jump.
Other top performances in the field were made by sophomore Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.), senior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) and junior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass). Mensah won the shot put and broke her own school record in the event with a winning toss of 44-4.25, which also places her eighth nationally. Saperstein remained 10th in the country in the javelin throw by launching the spear 131-10 to triumph in her premier event, and Senatore was victorious in the discus throw with a mark of 128-3.
On the track, the 4x100-meter relay circled the track in 49.60 seconds and eclipsed the school record of 50.24 which was set last spring. The group consisted of sophomores Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) and Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.) as well as freshman Sarah Clark (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.). In addition, Alfaro finished third overall and first among Division III competitors in the 400-meter hurdles by circling the track in 1:07.21 as well as sixth in the 100 hurdles in 16.59.
Connecticut College will next compete at the Trinity Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in its final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships.
Final Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Stonehill 189; 2. Tufts 89.50; 3. Connecticut College 82; 4. Coast Guard 64; 5. Amherst 61; 6. WPI 60.50; 7. Trinity 51; 8. Rhode Island College 50; 9. Springfield College 46.50; 10. Brandeis 33.50.