NEW ORLEANS, La. – Seniors Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) as well as junior Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) were each named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-New England Region Team.
To be named all-region, a student-athlete must either be ranked among the top five in an individual event in the region or be a member of a top-three relay team.
Senatore received the award in the discus throw. She won the event at the NESCAC Championships by breaking the school record with a launch that sailed 143-feet, 11-inches.
Kennedy earned the award in the heptathlon and long jump. She racked up 4,625 points in the heptathlon, which ranks 10th nationally, at the All-New England Championships, and soared 18-4.50 in the long jump at the same postseason meet to finish fourth overall. Both marks are also school records.
Like Kennedy, Mensah is being recognized in a pair of events for her efforts in the shot put and discus throw. Her top shot put mark of 47-3, which ranks fifth in the country, was a new program standard and the winning mark at the Silfen Invitational. Mensah's best toss of 132-11 in the discus was recorded at the same meet and good for third overall.
Kennedy and Mensah will take aim at earning All-America accolades when they represent the program at the NCAA Championships later this week on May 23 and May 24. Kennedy will compete in the heptathlon on Thursday and Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. each day, and Mensah will follow in the shot put at 2 p.m. on Friday.