Cassandra Kennison Sets the Standard

Cassandra Kennison Sets the Standard

Cassandra Kennison heads to the state championships in the shot put.

When San Diego Mesa College's Cassandra Kennison, the state leader in the shot put, was asked if she was surprised by her success this season, her response was simple yet confident, "I had goals…my first goal was to get 45', once I got that, my next goal was to be ranked 1st in State, now my next goal is to win SoCal and then hopefully State." Her unwavering dedication to these goals, and to the path she must take to achieve them, has lead her to the top of the State, setting a new standard for Community College Shot Put.

Freshman Cassandra Kennison, at her first performance this season at a routine dual meet (SDMC vs. Chaffey College), stepped out into the ring, in that meek, humble way of hers, and launched the shot put 42 feet 1 in., tying her high school PR and School Record Mark at Norco HS, easily out distancing her next competitor by 8 feet. But she knew this was just the first rung on the ladder for where she was headed, and with each throw she got closer and closer to her first goal of 45 ft., throwing 12.78m at the Foothill Conference Preview (41.93 ft.), then she placed 3rd amongst DI competition at the Northridge Invite with a throw of 13.48m. Then, Kennison PRed yet again at the RCC Open with a jaw-dropping 14.08m, easily eclipsing her goal of 45 ft. and sending her straight to the top of the State Performance List.

She has continued on with her success, winning the Foothill Conference Championship title, and now, will return to the Mt. SAC track this Friday, May 13th, to defend her top seed in the SoCal Regional Championships, just one more rung on the ladder on her way to the top.