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Women’s Track & Field Posts Second-Highest Finish and Point Total in Program History at New England Division III Championships

Tarvis Hintlian

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Junior Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) recorded a pair of top-three finishes in throwing events and sophomore Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.) eclipsed a school record that had stood unchallenged for more than 15 years to lead the Connecticut College women's track & field team to a historic finish on the final day of competition at the New England Division III Championships.

The Camels placed sixth with 48 points, which were the second-highest finish and point totals in program history, and they established three school records in two individual events as well as a relay. In addition, all 14 student-athletes who competed earned All-New England laurels for factoring into a top-eight finish in at least one event.

Senior captain Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) captured third in the heptathlon with 4,466 points, bettering her own school record of 4,415 points that she recorded at last year's New England Championships at Dartmouth. She most notably registered the third-best mark in the long jump by leaping 17-feet, 4.75-inches and concluded the day by posting a runner-up and personal-best time of 2:24.59 in the 800-meter run.

Hintlian then placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a school-record time of 11:16.17. She recorded a personal-best mark by more than eight seconds while also edging out the previous program standard of 11:17.05 that was recorded by Erin Walworth all the way back in 2002.

The third and final record-breaking performance was made by the 4x100-meter relay squad. Junior Haley Vanty (Berlin, Conn.), freshman Erin Fitzpatrick (Sterling, Mass.), freshman Ellie Ebby (Wynnewood, Pa.), and senior Ivana Lamptey (Leicester, Mass.) notched an eighth-place finish by navigating the track in 49.30 seconds. They lowered the previous best mark of 49.42 that was registered at the Silfen Invitational by sophomore Sarah Clark (Cheshire, Conn.), Fitzpatrick, Lamptey, and Vanty at the Silfen Invitational this past April.

Senior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) and Mensah continued to pile up points for the Camels in various throwing events. Mensah was second in the shot put, launching the ball 44-8.25, and third in the discus with a throw that traveled 131-1. Senatore finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 138-2.

After freshman Rachel House (Merrimack, N.H.) earned All-New England accolades in the 5,000-meter run by posting a time of 18:32.74, the 4x400-meter relay closed out the championship meet on a high note by placing second in their heat and eighth overall. Junior Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.), sophomore Riley Peragine (New Milford, Conn.), Ebby, and junior Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.) combined to record a time of 4:01.54, which was also the second-fastest mark recorded in program history.

Select members of the Connecticut College women's track & field team will next head to Southern Connecticut State to compete against schools from all three NCAA divisions at the New England Championships next weekend.

Final Team Standings (Top 10)

1. Williams 109.95; 2. MIT 101.20; 3. Rhode Island College 65; T-4. Bowdoin 50; T-4. Trinity 50; 6. Connecticut College 48; 7. Middlebury 37.20; 8. Coast Guard 37; 9. Bates 30; 10. Springfield 28.50

All-New England Selections

Leila Alfaro (4x400-Meter Relay)

Eva Brydson (10,000-Meter Run)

Meredith Cronin (10,000-Meter Run)

Ellie Ebby (4x100-Meter Relay, 4x400-Meter Relay)

Erin Fitzpatrick (4x100-Meter Relay)

Tarvis Hintlian (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)

Rachel House (5,000-Meter Run)

Shannon Kennedy (Heptathlon)

Ivana Lamptey (4x100-Meter Relay)

Koko Mensah (Shot Put, Discus Throw)

Alicia Palmer (4x400-Meter Relay)

Riley Peragine (4x400-Meter Relay)

Emily Senatore (Discus Throw)

Haley Vanty (4x100-Meter Relay)

School Records

Tarvis Hintlian (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)

Shannon Kennedy (Heptathlon)

Haley Vanty, Erin Fitzpatrick, Ellie Ebby, Ivana Lamptey (4x100-Meter Relay)