When and Where: April 14, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 2nd/15 (138)
Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) took the top spot in three individual events and the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team totaled seven victories on Saturday, as it finished second overall in its inaugural home meet, the 2018 Penmen Relays.
The Penmen finished just half a point behind Assumption College, which was crowned the team champion with 138.5 points. Southern New Hampshire checked in with 138 points, and was followed by Colby College (94), Wheaton College (90.5) and St. Peter's (51.50).
Elder finished atop the shot put, discus and hammer throw events, and cleared the next closest competitor by more than a full meter in all-three. She took home the shot put crown after a heave of 13.23 meters (43 feet, five inches), which was 1.08 meters (three feet, seven inches) ahead of second. In the discus, Elder posted an official distance of 40.06 meters (131 feet, five inches) to sit 3.67 meters (12 feet) in front of the second-place finisher. Elder's most impressive performance came in the hammer throw, where she set a new personal best with a toss of 49.32 meters (161 feet, 10 inches). The throw was 8.84 meters (29 feet) better than second and more than three meters better than her previous PR.
On top of Elder's 30 points, Southern New Hampshire added another 10 points in the throwing events. Sophomore Jalisa Allen (Foxborough, Mass.) picked up a point in the shot put after a 10.24-meter (33 feet, 7.25 inches) showing slotted her eighth, and she coupled it with a 33.56-meter (110 feet, one inches) hurl in the discus that was good enough for fourth and five points. Senior Ashlee Carper (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) generated four points of her own in the javelin throw after finishing seventh with a 35.70-meter (117 feet, one inch) toss. Both of Allen's outings as well as Carper's performance in the javelin were personal bests.
Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) totaled 26 individual points on Saturday in addition to running on two relay teams that combined for 15 points. Murphy posted a victory in the triple jump after launching herself 11.53 meters (37 feet, 10 inches) to grab 10 points, before a pair of second-place finishes in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.42 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (one minute, 8.70 seconds) went for eight points apiece. Classmate Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) also took part in the 400-meter hurdles and secured five points with a fourth-place outing in 1:13.01. Murphy joined junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), sophomore Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.) and junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) on the 4x100-meter relay team that checked in fifth overall for five points with an official time of 50.03 seconds. Murphy closed out her afternoon anchoring the 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), Blais and Lorenzen, which roared back to outpace the field and finish first overall in 4:09.99.
Lorenzen put together 18 individual points of her own with a win in the 400-meter dash and a second-place finish in the long jump. She completed her trip around the track in 59.64 to finish atop the field in the 400-meter before propelling herself 5.44 meters (17 feet, 10.25 inches) in the long jump for eight points. Decker also competed in the 400-meter dash and finished eighth in 1:03.53 for one point, while Blais snagged three points in the long jump with a 5.19-meter (17 feet, 0.50 inches) showing. Decker and Blais added a combined nine points in the 100-meter dash as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in times of 13.53 and 13.54.
Southern New Hampshire claimed its first event victory in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, as sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) led wire-to-wire to finish 20 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor in 12 minutes, 11.75 seconds. The final 11 Penmen points came by way of the one mile run and the pole vault. Sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) clocked a time of 5:21.14 to check in third for six points, while freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) earned three points after crossing the line in 5:26.35 to finish sixth. Junior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) rounded out the scoring by sliding in fourth in the pole vault after clearing a height of 2.60 meters (eight feet, 6.25 inches).
- After having their originally scheduled opening meet cancelled due to inclement weather two weeks ago, Southern New Hampshire hosted an on-campus track and field meet for the first time in school history.
- SNHU alum and former All-American Sahara Brown '17 captured the javelin crown with a throw of 41.50 meters.
- The meet consisted of 15 teams from NCAA Divisions II and III as well as clubs and unattached competitors.
The Penmen continue their schedule on Saturday (April 21) when they make the trip to Lowell, Massachusetts for the UMass-Lowell Invite.
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