When and Where: April 26-28, 2018 – Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
Results: No Team Scoring
Senior Ashlee Carper (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) joined junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) and sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) and a pair of relay teams in Philadelphia this week, as the contingent represented Southern New Hampshire University at the 124th edition of the Penn Relays.
Elder led the way for the Penmen with strong showings in both the discus and the shot put. In the discus, Elder registered an official distance of 44.23 meters (145 feet, one inch) to finish No. 11 overall and second in NCAA Division II. In a field that featured 30 student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, Elder was just .01 meter outside of the top-10. She progressed to the shot put, where her heave of 12.94 meters (42 feet, 5.25 inches) was good enough to slot in at No. 27 overall and third in Division II.
Carper finished fifth in the heptathlon after compiling 3314 points. Her top mark came in the javelin throw, in which she unleashed a toss of 29.95 meters (98 feet, 3 inches) to check in second for 476 points. Carper continued to perform well in the throws with a shot put heave of 9.31 meters (30 feet, 6.5 inches) to finish fourth in the discipline and tack on 484 points. Carper wrapped up the event fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.00), 200-meter dash (28.15), long jump (4.12 meters [13 feet, 6.25 inches]) and 800-meter run (3:03.53).
Murphy closed out the contingent of Southern New Hampshire student-athletes in the triple jump, where she finished No. 32 overall in a field that consisted of primarily NCAA Division I student-athletes. Murphy propelled herself a distance of 11.07 meters (36 feet, 4 inches) to post the third-best performance of any NCAA Division II competitor.
- The SNHU 4x200-meter relay team, which consisted of junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), Murphy and junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) totaled a time of 1:46.60 to finish No. 36 overall in the event.
- The Penmen 4x400-meter squad of Blais, Lorenzen, Decker and Murphy clocked in at 4:05.75, which put them 59th overall.
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