When and Where: December 1, 2018 – Roxbury, Mass. (Reggie Lewis Center)
Results: No Team Scoring
Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.), Junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) and freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.) each won individual events Saturday, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team opened its 2018-19 season at the 7th Annual UMass Boston Indoor Open at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Elder set a new SNHU record with a personal best of 14.46m in the shot put to easily win the event. Her heave was 2.27 meters (more than 7.5 feet) further than her next closest competitor. Elder also finished second on Saturday in the weight throw at 14.93m.
Couto defeated 29 other student athletes in the 800m race, winning in 2:20.62, finishing clear by 3.71 seconds.
Ward, competing in her first meet for SNHU, had a terrific day. She won the 400 meter dash in 1:00.56. Ward also finished as the top qualifier in the 60 meter dash in 8.09, but was edged out at the wire in the finals with an 8.07, just behind winner Bernie Mensah of Worcester State, who ran 8.06. The 8.07 is also the fastest 60 meters in the short history of the SNHU program.
Sophomore Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) turned in a personal best 10:54.13 in the 3000 meter run. That was good for second place in the event. Teammate junior Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) finished fourth in 10:54.13.
- SNHU finished fourth and fifth in the 4x400 race. Senior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), freshman Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.), freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Couto ran on the fourth place team.
- Freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.) finished fourth to Ward in the 400m in 1:02.31 She also was part of the fifth place finishing team in the 4x400 with sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), Ward, and junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.).
- Murphy came in fourth in the 60m hurdles at 9.53 seconds and also finished fifth in the women's triple jump with a 10.63m score.
Southern New Hampshire returns to the track next Saturday (Dec. 8) when it competes at the PSU Winter Classic on the campus of Plymouth State University.
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