Marquette Signs Canadian Junior Star Samantha Kennedy
July 21, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's track and field team has signed Canadian Junior National Team thrower Samantha Kennedy to a National Letter of Intent, associate head coach Mike Koenning announced Thursday.
"Throughout the recruiting process Sam has felt like a natural fit for our program and my coaching style, and will be a great addition to our team," said Koenning, who serves as Marquette's throws coach. "She's a very dedicated athlete that's shown steady progress through her career and we will look to continue that trend here at Marquette."
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Kennedy attended Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School, where she was an honor roll student and the 2011 British Columbia High School Track and Field Champion in the hammer throw. She won the provincial title with a toss of 51.91 meters and holds a lifetime-best mark of 52.06 meters. That personal best would have placed her among the point scorers in the women's hammer throw at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.
Earlier this month, Kennedy qualified for the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships with a second-place finish in the hammer throw at the Canadian Junior Championships. Her mark of 51.64 meters was a little more than a meter behind the eventual junior national champion, Joanna Franke-Kuhn, whom she will join on the Canadian squad.
Kennedy competed as a junior with the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club, which earned the top-three finishes in the women's hammer throw at the Canadian championships. She was coached by Richard Collier with Kajaks.
"Sam's qualification for the Canadian junior team and the opportunity to compete at the Pan Am Games is a great honor," Koenning said. "Having the chance to compete on that level and represent your country is an accomplishment towards which I feel all athletes aspire. That experience will serve her well as she transitions to the collegiate setting and competition schedule."
The women's hammer throw will be the second event of the Pan American Championships at 8:40 a.m. Central time Friday, July 22. The event will be held from July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla., at the Ansin Sports Complex.