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Kennedy Breaks Heptathlon School Record for Third Time This Season at New England Track & Field Championships

Shannon Kennedy

HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) broke the school record in the heptathlon for the third time this spring to headline a list of strong performances by the Connecticut College women's track & field team at the New England Championships over the weekend.

Kennedy racked up 4,415 points to place fifth overall among a field consisting of competitors from all three NCAA Divisions and ended the meet on a high note by clocking in a personal-best time of 2:26.22 in the 800-meter run. She also recorded the best mark in the long jump, leaping 17-feet, 4-inches, and tied for third in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-0.25. Kennedy previously established the school record in the event by notching 4,352 points at the Silfen Invitational on Apr. 14 before eclipsing it with a 4,363-point performance at the New England Division III Championships last weekend.

Other notable efforts at the championship meet were made by sophomore Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) and senior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.). Mensah placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 44-3.25, which was her second-best throw ever, and Saperstein recorded an eighth-place mark of 128-1 in the javelin throw.

Select members of the Connecticut College women's track & field team will compete at a final qualifying meet which will be hosted by MIT on Thursday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. Kennedy and Mensah are currently ranked among the top 22 nationally in the heptathlon and shot put, respectively, and Saperstein is within striking distance of breaking into the field for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in the jevelin throw at the end of the month.

Final Team Standings

1. Northeastern 121; 2. Dartmouth 99.62; 3. Massachusetts 86.50; 4. Rhode Island 82.12; 5. New Hampshire 67.12; 6. Southern Connecticut State 35; 7. Williams 31.12; 8. MIT 28; 9. Stonehill 27.50; 10. UMass Boston 25; 26. Connecticut College 8.