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Four Women’s Track & Field School Records Fall at Silfen Invitational

Shannon Kennedy

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) won the heptathlon and was among seven student-athletes to factor into breaking a school record in leading the Connecticut College women's track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the Silfen Invitational over the weekend. The Camels finished the scoring meet with 83 points.

Kennedy captured the heptathlon by racking up 4,262 points, which also ranks 14th nationally. The senior most notably broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 15.37 seconds, and she also registered top marks in two additional events by finishing the 800-meter run in 2:35.42 and leaping 17-feet, 4.75-inches in the long jump.

Junior Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) and senior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) continued their dominance in their respective throwing events. Mensah won the shot put with a school-record toss of 47-3, which shattered her previous mark of 45-8.50, and also took third in the discus throw with a mark of 132-11. Senatore took second in the discus with a toss of 140-3 and eclipsed the program standard in the hammer throw with a launch that sailed 152-11. She easily surpassed the previous record mark of 147-9 which was established by Alyse LaLiberte in 2006.

On the track, the Camels registered a pair of first-place finishes along with a school record. In arguably one of the most exciting races and finishes of the meet, sophomore Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:28.78 by catching and passing WPI's Keely Nistler on the final straightaway and beating the Engineer by less than a second. Hintlian also ran the leadoff leg for the winning 4x800-meter relay which punched in a time of 9:52.08 and included freshman Caroline Stevenson (Tarrytown, N.Y.), junior Elizabeth Hensley (Northport, N.Y.) and sophomore Meredith Cronin (Foxboro, Mass.).

Other notable performances on the track were made by Cronin and the 4x100-meter relay. For the second straight year, senior Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) anchored a 4x100-meter relay which broke a school record. After teaming up with current juniors Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) and Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.) as well as current sophomore Sarah Clark (Cheshire, Conn.) last season to punch in a time of 49.60 seconds, Lamptey raced with junior newcomer Haley Vanty (Berlin, Conn.), freshman Erin Fitzpatrick (Sterling, Mass.) and Clark to finish this year's race in 49.42.

Connecticut College will next compete at the Trinity Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 20 in what will also be the program's final tuneup before the upcoming NESCAC Championships.

Final Team Standings (Top 10)

1. Middlebury 116; 2. Bowdoin 108; 3. Tufts 94.50; 4. Connecticut College 83; 5. Trinity 80; 6. WPI 62.50; 7. New Haven 55.83; 8. Springfield 54.50; 9. Coast Guard 53; 10. Keene State 22.33.