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Women’s Track & Field Wins Five Events at Coast Guard Invitational

Koko Mensah

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) won the shot put and placed second in the discus throw to help lead the Connecticut College women's track & field program place third among eight scoring teams at the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Camels finished the meet with 110.50 points.

Mensah, who ranks seventh nationally in the shot put, registered a toss that sailed 40-feet, 11-inches to remain undefeated in the event this spring. She also notched first-place marks at the Wesleyan Spring Classic as well as the Tufts Snowflake Classic earlier this spring.

In addition, Mensah finished second in the discus throw by recording a mark of 131-7. Junior teammate Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) won the event with a launch that traveled 132-3.

Senior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.), sophomore Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) and junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) were also victorious in their respective individual events for the Camels. Saperstein recorded the 10th-best javelin mark in the country among NCAA Division III student-athletes by registering a mark of 128-10, bettering Victoria Sparages of Westfield State by one inch. Alfaro won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles by navigating the track in 1:10.68, and Kennedy took the long jump by leaping 17-3.25.

Connecticut College will compete at home next weekend when it hosts the Silfen Invitational beginning on Friday, Apr. 13.

Team Standings

1. Westfield State 124.50; 2. Trinity 122.50; 3. Connecticut College 110.50; 4. Coast Guard 106; 5. Franklin Pierce 74.50; 6. Eastern Connecticut State 67; 7. Wellesley 52; 8. Babson 33.