When and Where: January 11, 2019 – Staten Island, N.Y. (Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex)
Results: 8th of 23 teams (30 points)
Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) turned in another strong performance, winning the shot put and finishing third in the weight throw, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team competed Friday at the Spartan Invitational. The meet was held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, N.Y.
Elder delivered a 13.62m throw (44' 8.25") on her final attempt to finish in first place. She finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 15.27m (50' 1.25").
The other individual to score points in the meet was turned in by one of the program newcomers. Freshman Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.) turned in a sixth place finish in the women's 500 meter race with a personal best time of 1:23.21.
The Penmen turned in a second place performance in the Distance Medley Relay. The team of sophomore Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.), freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) and junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) turned in a time of 12:59.47.
Ward was also part of the 4 x 200 relay team with sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), freshman Kate Hall (Pawcatuck, Conn.), and junior Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.) which finished 7th of 22 teams in 1:48.72.
SNHU also earned a point with an eighth place finish in the 4 x 400 relay with a team of freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.), freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Coco and Decker.
- The Penmen tallied 30 team points to finish in 8th place of 22 teams competing. The team picked up points in more than half of the events they competed in.
- For the fourth straight year the St. Thomas Aquinas College Track & Field team hosted the Spartan Invitational. Teams from California, North Carolina and the Northeast converged on Staten Island, N.Y., as approximately 1,500 of the best Division I, II, & III athletes competed.
- Rider University, a Division I program, finished as the top school in the 23 team field. The Academy of Art University, a Division II program in San Francisco, finished in second place.
Southern New Hampshire will take part in the 50th annual Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, January 13 in Hanover, N.H. A live stream is available through the subscription site, ESPN+.
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