HARTFORD, Conn. – Led by its throwers, the Connecticut College women's track & field team placed fifth by racking up 63 points at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday afternoon.
The Camels' 63 points is the second-highest total in school history, falling just shy of the top mark of 70.5 set all the way back in 1989. The team also matched the second-best finish in the program annals after previously placing fifth in 1986 and 1991. Only the 1989 squad's fourth-place performance was better.
"I am very proud of the team," said head coach Ned Bishop, an alumnus who has been on the staff for more than 30 years. "Everyone pitched in and contributed to this outstanding team finish for our program by giving everything they could."
The throwers combined to record two winning marks and another three runner-up performances to lead the way. Senior Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.) won the javelin throw by launching the spear 129-feet, 2-inches, while classmate Olivia Vener (Marblehead, Mass.) finished second in the event with a mark of 127-7. Vener's top throw was also a personal best by five feet.
Furthermore, Connecticut College took the top two spots in the discus throw. Junior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) unleashed a toss that traveled 130-3 on her sixth and final throw. Sophomore Koko Mensah matched Senatore's top mark to earn a runner-up finish and also notched a second-place throw of 42-0.75 in the shot put. She finished the day with a team-high 16 points.
Junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was also impressive and broke her own school record in the long jump for the second straight meet. She earned all-conference honors in the event by leaping 17-11.50, which easily bettered her previous program standard of 17-6 which she registered two weeks ago at the Silfen Invitational.
On the track, the Camels were led by freshman Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.). The distance runner finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by hitting the tape in 11:28.69 and setting a personal record by nearly 20 seconds. Kennedy placed seventh in the 100 hurdles in 15.64 seconds after breaking her own school record with a time of 15.45 during the trials, and sophomore Leila Alfaro (Charleston, S.C.) picked up an additional point by finishing eighth in the 400 hurdles by clocking in at 1:07.71.
Connecticut College will next send its top student-athletes to compete at the New England Division III Championships. The three-day event will be hosted by MIT between May 3 and May 5.
Team Standings (Final)
1. Williams 200; 2. Tufts 115.50; 3. Middlebury 96.50; 4. Colby 74; 5. Connecticut College 63; 6. Bowdoin 62; 7. Trinity 61; 8. Bates 51; 9. Wesleyan 39; 10. Hamilton 32; 11. Amherst 25.
Shannon Kennedy (Long Jump)
Koko Mensah (Shot Put, Discus Throw)
Aly Saperstein (Javelin Throw)
Emily Senatore (Discus Throw)
Olivia Vener (Javelin Throw)