Samma Provisionally Qualifies for NCAA Champ. in Triple Jump at Springfield Peckler Sets School Record in High Jump

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Connecticut College track and field teams opened the indoor season with the Springfield College Invitational. The Camel women placed second in the five team field with a score of 115 points while the men finished last in a four team invitational with 44 points. The Springfield Pride swept the invitational with convincing wins in both competitions Connecticut College freshman Tess Peckler (Olympia, Wash.) had a memorable collegiate debut in the high jump. Peckler set a school record with her victory, stamping her ticket the New England Division III Championship with a jump of five feet and one half of an inch. In the 55 meter hurdles, Ali Holland (Watertown, Mass.) had her ticket punched for the New England Division III Championship with a winning time of 9.43 seconds. In the trials for the same event, Holland set a personal record in 9.36 seconds. Sophomore Kerry Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) and junior Kelsey Taylor (East Hampton, Conn.) placed second and third for the Camels in the 1,000 meters with respective finishes in 3:11.47 and 3:12.85. The times were personal records and earned both runners invitations to the New England Division III Championship. The Camel women notched a pair of wins in relay events. In the 4x400 meter relay, the Camel foursome of Hayley O´Neil (Bedford Hills, N.Y.), Merry Byrne (Brookside, N.J.), Emily Wilde (Potomac, Md.) and Haley Goodwill (Marlborough, Conn.) cruised to victory in 4:25.45. Kelsey Taylor, Ally Bonito (Guilford, Conn.), Ellen Cavanaugh (Cheshire, Conn.) and Kerry Dermody teamed up for a winning time of 10:15.56 in the 4x800 meter relay. In the men´s invitational, Alex Samma (Ougadougou, Burkina Faso) made an early statement with a convincing victory in the triple jump, covering a distance of 46 feet, six and one quarter of an inch. The win met the provisional standard for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship that will be hosted by DePauw University March 12-13 in Greenastle, Ind. Samma, the 2009 NCAA Indoor Triple Jump Champion, qualified for the New England Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the All-New England Championships with his winning mark. Junior Shawn Mulcahy (Lebanon, Conn.) posted a time of 8:50.09 to win the 3,000 meter run. Mulcahy qualified for the New England Division III Championship with his triumph, setting a personal record along the way.

December 11, 2009

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