Women's Track and Field Starts New Year At Two Meets

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The Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field program returns from a five week break, competing on Staten Island on Friday and in Hanover on Sunday.  

The Penmen will compete at the Spartan Invitational Track Meet at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday. St. Thomas Aquinas College will host teams from California, North Carolina and the Northeast on Staten Island, NY, as approximately 1,500 of the best Division I, II & III athletes will be competing in various events.  On Sunday, SNHU takes part in the 50th Dartmouth Relays at Hanover, N.H.  Live streams are available for both meets through the links posted above.
 
This is the fourth varsity season for the Penmen program, and second full indoor track and field campaign under the direction of Head Coach Lex Butler.  The Penmen registered a sixth-place finish at the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, after they finished No. 8 at the Indoor Championships.

Southern New Hampshire opened the season competing at the UMass-Boston Indoor Open on December 1.  The team also finished first at the Plymouth State Winter Classic on December 8.

Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) and junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) return this season.  Each garnered NCAA Division II All-East Region recognition in 2017-18.  

Elder posted an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark with a career-best toss of 14.46 meters (47 feet, 5.25 inches) in the shotput on December 1.  Last year, she received recognition for performances during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  Elder was the top discus performer in the east region and was also chosen as an All-Region performer in the shot put.  Elder had the top discus throw in the NCAA Division II East Region with a 44.23-meter (145 feet, one inch) performance at the 2018 Penn Relays, which was good enough for No. 11 overall in the event. Elder captured five discus titles in seven meets during the outdoor season, including the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Championship on May 5. In addition to her All-Region performance in the discus, Elder slotted in second in the shot put with a throw of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches) at the NE10 Championships. She took home the shot put crown at the New England Outdoor Championships on May 12 after a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, four inches), and finished either first or second in the event in six of eight outings. In total, Elder won nine individual events, finished in the top-two on 12 occasions and was top-10 in her respective events 14 times.

Murphy took home All-Region accolades in the triple jump for the second consecutive season after finishing in the top-five in six of the seven meets in which she competed in. Her top performance came at Southern New Hampshire's inaugural home meet, the Penmen Relays, on April 14 when she propelled herself a distance of 11.53 meters (37 feet, 10 inches) to capture the event. In addition to her win at the Penmen Relays, Murphy also took top triple jump honors at both the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational and the George Davis Invitational, and was third at the NE10 Championships after finishing fifth at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invite.

27 athletes are currently on the roster, including 13 newcomers to the SNHU program.  One of the freshmen, Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.), earned NE10 Rookie of the Week status after winning the 400m in Boston in 1:00.56 and finishing second in the 60m in a program record time of 8.07.

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