NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College track and field teams competed in the Coast Guard Invitational Saturday. Senior Alex Samma (Ougadougou, Burkina Faso), the College´s first three-time All-America in field event competition, provisionally qualified for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the triple jump. Samma covered a distance of 47 feet, six and one half inches in the victory.
Ali Holland (Watertown, Mass.) posted a victory in the long jump to highlight a huge day, as the Camel women placed second behind the University of New Haven with a score of 98.2 points. The Chargers scored 102 points in the victory. Wesleyan University finished third behind the Camels with a score of 98 points.
Holland covered a distance of 16 feet, one and three quarters of an inch to pull out the victory in the long jump. In the 100 meter hurdles, Holland cruised to a second place finish with a time of 16.21 seconds. Holland registered a fourth place score in the triple jump, covering a distance of 33 feet, 11 and one half of an inch. All three individual scores were personal record setting performances for the rookie standout.
In addition to her individual scoring, Holland ran the anchor leg in the 4x100 meter relay, helping the Camels place fifth with a time of 52.42 seconds.
The Camel women added a pair of second place scores Saturday. Keri Ramsey (Westbend, Wis.) threw the javelin 117 feet, two inches to qualify for the New England Division III Championship. Junior Kelsey Taylor (East Hampton, Conn.) posted a time of 2:24.80 in the 800 meters for Connecticut College.
On the men´s side, freshman Tristan Cole (St. Helen, Calif.) joined Samma in the winner´s circle Saturday. Cole won the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:06.15. The men scored 63.5 points to finish in a fifth place tie. The Coast Guard won the invitational with a score of 165.5 points.
The Camels added a pair of third place scores. Keeping up with a family tradition, freshman Tim Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) posted a time of 10:04.34 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Murtagh´s brother Brian was a 2009 NCAA All-America performer in the steeple at Connecticut College.
In the pole vault, Owen Wiseman (Weston, Conn.) reached his apex at 12 feet, three and one quarter of an inch for the Camels.
April 3, 2010