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Women’s Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season at Golden Ram Invitational

Ivana Lamptey

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Senior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) and junior Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) each won a throwing event and were among five student-athletes to qualify for the New England Division III Championships to headline a list of strong performances by the Connecticut College women's track & field team at the Golden Ram Invitational on Saturday.

Senatore broke the school record in the discus with a launch that traveled 139-feet, 8-inches, bettering her previous best mark of 137-2 which she recorded at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on March 31, 2018. She also placed second in the hammer with a mark of 137-1 to end the first meet of the outdoor season as a qualifier for the New England Division III Championships in two events.

Mensah was almost equally as impressive as Senatore. The junior most notably took the shot put crown by recording a toss that traveled 43-10, which was nearly seven feet better than her nearest competitor, and she also placed second in the discus behind Senatore with a mark of 110-6. Like Senatore, she qualified for the New England Division III Championships in both events she competed in.

The Camels also registered two additional first-place finishes at the non-scoring meet. Sophomore Meredith Cronin (Foxboro, Mass.) captured the 5,000-meter run by hitting the tape in 18:15.37 to advance to regional postseason competition, while the 4x100-meter relay team consisting of freshman Ellie Ebby (Wynnewood, Pa.), junior Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), sophomore Sarah Clark (Cheshire, Conn.), and senior Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) navigated the track in 50.57 seconds.

Other notable performances were made by junior Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) and senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in the 100-meter high hurdles. Alfaro placed third in 15.93 seconds, while Kennedy was fourth in 16.15. Both student-athletes also qualified for the upcoming New England Division III Championships.

The Connecticut College women's track & field program will carry its positive momentum to the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday, March 30.