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Women’s Track & Field Finishes Sixth at Branwen Smith-King Invitational

Alicia Palmer

MEDFORD, Mass. – Senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) broke the school record in the pentathlon to lead the Connecticut College women's track & field team to a sixth-place finish among 19 schools at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational being hosted by Tufts over the weekend. The Camels finished with 45 points.

Kennedy won the pentathlon by racking up 3,111 points. She most notably eclipsed a second school record by punching in a time of 9.53 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, bettering Leila Alfaro's previous standard of 9.54, and she also won the high jump by clearing 4-feet, 11.75-inches as well as the long jump by leaping 16-11.50. Kennedy ended the weekend ranked 21st nationally in the pentathlon.

On the track, the Camels had several notable individual performances in sprinting and distance events. Sophomores Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.) and Meredith Cronin (Foxborough, Mass.) each registered New England Division III Championship qualifying marks by placing third in the 3,000 in 10:35.92 and 18:26.07 in the 5,000, respectively. Ellie Ebby (Wynnewood, Pa.) and senior Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) finished fifth and sixth in the 200 by circling the track in 27.49 and 27.55.

In addition, the squad saw two relays post third-place finishes to round out the scoring. Anchored by junior Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.), the 4x400-meter relay team which also included Ebby, Alfaro and Natalie Solari (Newton, Mass.) registered a season-best time of 4:13.27.

Connecticut College will return to Tufts to compete at the Cupid Challenge next weekend.

Team Standings (Top 10)

1. Stonehill 157; 2. Tufts 130; 3. Amherst 97; 4. MIT 88; 5. WPI 58; 6. Connecticut College 45; 7. Wesleyan 43; 8. Worcester State 34; 9. Wheaton 30; 10. Keene State 24.