When and Where: January 26, 2019 – Gorham, Maine (Costello Sports Complex)
Results: 4th of 10 teams (86 points)
Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) picked up victories in both the shot put and weight throw as the Southern New Hampshire University's track and field team turned in a fourth-place finish at Saturday's meet at the University of Southern Maine.
Elder delivered a winning throw of 14.22m (46' 8") in the shot put, her fifth win in the event since the indoor season started last month. She also delivered a 13.62m throw (44' 8.25") on her final attempt to finish in first place. She also claimed her second victory of the sesaon in the weight throw with a toss of 14.99m (49' 2.25").
The Penmen also won two other events. Junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) won the 55 meter hurdle race with a time of 8.67 seconds. The SNHU 4x200 meter relay team also won its race. Freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.), sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), freshman Makayla Norton (Dudley, Mass.) and freshman Kate Hall (Pawcatuck, Conn.) ran the legs.
Other Notable Performances:
Freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.) continued her strong season with a second-place run in the 200 meter dash. In addition to a new personal mark of 26.61, Ward established a new program record for an indoor 200.
A pair of freshman recorded third-place finishes at the Southern Maine meet. Eliza Fandel (Reading, Mass.) ran the 600 meter dash in 1:47.27. Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) earned points for her finish in the mile race at 5:33.61.
The Penmen finished up in third and fourth-place with the two relay teams entered in the 4x400 meter relay. Stroh, Norton, Henson and Murphy finished in third place. Decker, Hall, freshman Jordan Woodford (Berkley, Mass.) and senior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.) took fourth.
Also earning points for the team on Saturday were Decker and Stroh in the 55 meter dash, Murphy in the long jump, freshman Theresa Spear (Westerly, R.I.) in the shot put, and freshman Bennie Alula (Hartford, Conn.) in both the shot put and weight throw.
- Assumption College won the meet with 234 points, well ahead of second-place Bates College (117). Southern Maine finished with 100.5 points, ahead of SNHU.
Southern New Hampshire will compete at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships and the Panther Invitational at Plymouth State University next weekend (February 1-2).
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