Samma Finishes 10th at NCAA Championship in Triple Jump
BEREA, Ohio.--Connecticut College senior Alex Samma was competing in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship that was hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Samma closed out his career with a 10th place finish, covering a distance of 14.49 meters.
Samma was recently honored during commencement weekend by the Connecticut College Athetic Program as the male recipient of the Anita L. DeFrantz Award. The Award was established in 1995 by Kathryn Smith '84 and is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz '74.
Sarah Burkhardt, Connecticut College's Assistant Track & Field Coach for jumpers and sprinters, introduced Samma and thanked him for his dedication and commitment to the program´s success.
Samma´s parents Jean and Brigitte along with his brother Ange Clovis made the 5,000 mile journey from his home in Burkina Faso, Africa to celebrate commencement weekend in New London, Conn.
With his sixth place finish in the triple jump at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship back in March, Samma made history as Connecticut College's first three-time All-American in Track & Field.
In March of 2009, Samma was crowned as the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Triple Jump Champion when he jumped 49 feet, five and one half of an inch for the Camels.
In addition to his national championship, Samma has won two New England Division III titles, one ECAC Crown and one All-New England Championship.
He graduates as the program´s all-time leading scorer.
May 29, 2010