NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) broke three school records to lead the Connecticut College women's track & field program to a 19th-place finish among 41 scoring teams at the New England Championships over the weekend. The Camels finished the meet with 17 points.
Kennedy reset her own program standards in the heptathlon along with the 100-meter high hurdles and long jump. Entering the weekend ranked 20th nationally in her premier event after registering 4,466 points at the New England Division III Championships last weekend, Kennedy made a giant leap in the national rankings by racking up 4,625 points to finish fourth overall and first among Division III competitors. Her improved point total ranks 10th nationally.
The senior captain set the tone for herself by finishing the 100 hurdles in 15.36 seconds, breaking her own record in the event, to begin the meet on a high note on Friday morning. She then matched her high jump mark from the previous weekend, clearing 4-feet, 11.50-inches and wrapped up the opening day by registering personal-best marks in the shot put and 200-meter dash by registering a toss that sailed 31-4 and hitting the tape in 26.35 seconds. On Saturday, she broke the school record in the long jump by leaping 18-4.50 before recording a season-best mark of 100-8 in the javelin and ending the meet with a solid performance in the 800-meter run to position herself well to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time of her career later this month.
Throwers Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) and Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) also scored for the Camels by placing high in their respective events. Mensah posted a runner-up finish in the shot put by heaving the ball 46-10.25, and Senatore was fifth in the discus with a throw that traveled 137-11.
Select members of the Connecticut College track & field teams will compete at a pair of final qualifying meets next week. Williams hosts a final qualifier on Wednesday evening and MIT welcomes top student-athletes a day later.
Final Team Standings
1. Dartmouth 107; 2. Rhode Island 74; 3. Massachusetts 62; 4. Quinnipiac 53; T-5. Assumption 42; T-5. Southern Connecticut State 42; 7. Franklin Pierce 38; 8. Stonehill 35; 9. Rhode Island College 33; 10. New Hampshire 32; 19. Connecticut College 17.
Shannon Kennedy (Heptathlon, 100-Meter High Hurdles, Long Jump)