Alex Samma, Connecticut College
Alex Samma has left his mark as the greatest field athlete to have competed for Connecticut College.
In March of 2009, Samma won the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in the triple jump. Samma secured a sixth place finish in the triple jump at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship to become Connecticut College's first three-time All-American in track & field.
A five-time national qualifier, Samma has won two New England Division III titles, one ECAC Crown and one All-New England Championship.
A native of Burkina Faso, Africa, Samma graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer.
As a biochemistry major, Samma conducted lab research with award winning faculty member Marc Zimmer.
He completed an honors thesis entitled "The Study of Rotational Freedom of the Chromophore of an Infrared Flourescent Protein.
During commencement weekend, Samma was honored with the Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award. It 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.