Mensah Posts Victory, Bests Previous School Record in the Shot Put at MIT Final Qualifier

Mensah Posts Victory, Bests Previous School Record in the Shot Put at MIT Final Qualifier

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Connecticut College women's track and field competed in the MIT Final Qualifier in the Bay State this week.  

Rookie thrower Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) improved on her school record with a winning mark of 44 feet and one half of an inch. Mensah wrapped up the season in 28th place on the national performance list and will wait until tomorrow to see if her season will continue.  

Sophomore Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) posted a season best mark of 133 feet, 11 inches in the discus throw to finish fourth for the Camels. Senatore holds the school record in the discus with a mark of 134 feet, 11 inches. She finished up her sophomore campaign ranked 53rd on the national performance list. Mensah placed fifth behind Senatore in the discus with a personal record setting throw of 133 feet, eight inches. She's ranked second behind Senatore on the program's all-time leader list and wraps up the season in 54th place on the national performance list in this event.

In the long jump, sophomore Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed fifth with a mark of 17 feet, one and a quarter inches. This was just one half of an inch off of her previous best that was established earlier this spring.  Kennedy is ranked second on the program's all-time list behind Nichola Minott '89 (17'4.25"). Kennedy wrapped up her year in 31st place on the national performance list in the heptathlon.
 
In the 800 meters, senior Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) placed sixth with a season-best time of 2:12.26 Franz holds the school record with a time of 2:11.67. She is ranked 26th on the national performance list in this even. Franz is headed for the Buckeye State and the NCAA Championship next week with her mark in the 1500 meters that is tied for the 20th best in the country.
In the javelin, senior Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed eighth with a throw of 121 feet, two inches. Kennedy is ranked 27th on the national performance list and will wait until tomorrow to see if her season might continue at nationals next week.  Kennedy closed out the season ranked 93rd nationally in the shot put. Junior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) placed ninth behind Kennedy in the javelin with a mark of 120 feet, 11 inches. Saperstein ranks fourth on the program's all-time list with her throw of 125 feet, one inch last weekend.  She concluded her junior year in 55th place on the national performance list in the javelin throw.
 
Senior Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) closed out her season and prolific running career in 27th place on the national performance list in the 10000 meters and finished up the season in 60th place in the 5000 meters for the Camels.
 
Junior Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) concluded her season ranked 84th nationally in the heptathlon.