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Women’s Track & Field Concludes Historic Weekend at New England Division III Championships

Leila Alfaro

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Junior Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles twice and classmate Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) won her second shot put title as the Connecticut College women's track & field team placed 14th among 26 scoring teams at the New England Division III Championships on Saturday afternoon at Brunswick.

The Camels scored a program-best 23 points and set four new school records in the pentathlon, long jump, 4x200-meter relay and 60 hurdles over the two-day championship meet. In addition, 12 student-athletes earned All-New England laurels for scoring in at least one event.

After the books were rewritten three times on Friday, the wave of positive momentum continued beginning with Alfaro's efforts in the 60 hurdles. The junior first reset the program standard in her premier event by clocking in a time of 9.50 seconds in the preliminary race before lowering it again and finishing seventh in the finals with a time of 9.39. The previous mark of 9.53 was established by senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) at Tufts this past January.

Other notable individual performances on Saturday were made by Mensah and Kennedy. Mensah easily won the shot put with a throw that sailed 43-feet, 8.50-inches and bettered the runner-up finisher from Bowdoin by more than three feet. Kennedy, who finished fourth with a record-breaking performance in the pentathlon yesterday, placed eighth in the long jump by leaping 17-1.25.

Select student-athletes of the Connecticut College women's track & field program will trek back to Tufts for a final qualifying meet on Saturday, March 2.

Final Team Standings (Top 10)

1. Williams 140; 2. MIT. 87.5; 3. Tufts 67; 4. Middlebury 57; 5. Bowdoin 52; T-6. Wesleyan 48; T-6. Rhode Island College 48; 8. WPI 44.50; 9. Coast Guard 44; 10. Bates 40; 14. Connecticut College 23.