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Mensah and Kennedy Compete at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Koko Mensah

GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) and senior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) represented Connecticut College at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday and Friday at the SPIRE Institute.

Mensah placed ninth in the shot put by registering her top mark of 44-feet, 9-inches on her fifth throw. It was her highest finish at an NCAA championship meet after ending the 20118 outdoor meet in 18th and registering a 16th-place throw at the indoor championships this past winter in the same event. Reyna Ta' amu of Redlands registered the winning toss of 49-7 on her second attempt.

Kennedy, who was making her first-ever NCAA appearance, finished 19th in the heptathlon by accumulating 4,444 points, which was also the third-highest total of her career. She started the two-day competition on a high note by lowering her own school record in the hurdles, hitting the tape in 15.25 seconds, and also posted a top-eight mark in the long jump by leaping 17-9. The senior ended her career as one of the most accomplished athletes in program history, which includes holding five individual school records in the heptathlon, pentathlon, 100-meter high hurdles and the long jump both indoors and outdoors. George Fox's Annie Wright took home the crown as the unofficial best athlete at the annual competition by accumulating 5,101 points.

Connecticut College graduated nine seniors, including Kennedy, and is slated to return more than 25 letterwinners next season.