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Aschale and Mensah Headline USTFCCCA New England Region Award Winners

Aschale and Mensah Headline USTFCCCA New England Region Award Winners

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sophomores Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) and Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) headlined a list of six Connecticut College student-athletes who were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-New England Region Team.

In addition to Aschale and Mensah, junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), junior Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.), senior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) and junior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) were also recognized by ranking in the top five of an individual event in the region or being a part of a top-three relay squad.

Aschale earned the award in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. He placed fourth in the 10,000 at the NESCAC Championships with a mark of 31:00.95 and also punched in a time of 14:31.33 at the All-New England Championships. The sophomore boasts the 19th-fastest 5,000-meter time in the country and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event.

Like Aschale, Mensah is being recognized in two events for her prowess in the shot put and discus throw. She most notably registered a season-best toss of 131-feet, 7-inches in the discus throw at the Coast Guard Spring Invitational and the 12th-ranked mark in the shot put with a heave that sailed 45-8.50 at a final qualifying meet hosted by MIT. Mensah also racked up 16 points individually at the NESCAC Championships by recording a runner-up finish in each event and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put.

Kennedy excelled in the heptathlon by breaking the school record in the event three times this spring. She first racked up 4,352 points and placed second in the event at the Silfen Invitational before improving her totals by accumulating 4,363 points at the New England Division III Championships and following up with a 4,415-point performance at the All-New England Championships.

Saperstein also had a record-breaking spring in the javelin throw. After winning the event at the NESCAC Championships, she registered the 24th-best mark in the nation by launching the spear 134-3 at the New England Division III Championships.

Senatore made the all-region team for her efforts in the discus throw. She was the NESCAC champion in the event and recorded five first-place marks throughout the spring, which most notably included a school-record throw of 137-2 at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.

Mason picked up all-region accolades in the steeplechase. He won the event at the NESCAC Championships and ran his fastest time of 9:04.06, which ranks fourth in the country, at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. Mason is also aiming to become an All-American for the second time in the event at the NCAA Championships this week.