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Mensah Leads Women’s Indoor Track & Field at Rhode Island College Invitational

Koko Mensah

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) recorded one of the top shot put marks in the country to lead the Connecticut College women's indoor track & field team at the Rhode Island College Invitational on Saturday afternoon to open the season.

Mensah registered a toss that sailed 42-feet, 1.25-inches to place second overall in her premier event and headline a list of strong performances for the Camels. The sophomore's mark also ranks 10th nationally and met the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships.

On the track, the Camels produced three of the top four finishers in the 3,000-meter run. Junior Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), freshman Meredith Cronin (Foxboro, Mass.) and senior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) all ran as a pack and punched in times of 11:08.10, 11:08.49 and 11:08.56 to take second, third and fourth, respectively, among a field of 18 competitors.

In addition, the team posted a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay to end the non-scoring meet on a high note. Sophomore Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.) anchored the group which hit the tape in 4:25.14 and also included classmates Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) and Callahan Wilde (Wellesley, Mass.) as well as senior Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.).

Connecticut College will break for final exams and return to action when it competes at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 12:30 p.m.