When and Where: February 2, 2019 – Panther Invitational (Plymouth State University, N.H.)
Results: 4th of 13 teams (75 points)
SNHU won three events on the day to finish fourth at Saturday's Panther Invitational in Plymouth, N.H.
Junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) was the fastest of 18 runners in the prelims for the 60 meter hurdles in 9.52 seconds. She followed that up with a first-place finish in the finals, with a run of 9.59 seconds. It was the third consecutive weekend that Murphy won a sprint hurdle race, an event she also won at Plymouth State in December. Murphy also collected two points for her team with a seventh place finish in the long jump (4.68m).
Freshman Jordan Woodford (Berkley, Mass.) claimed victory in the triple jump at 9.65m (31' 8"), also setting a personal best. It was a busy day for Woodford, who also ran in both the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles.
The SNHU 4x200 relay team won the race with a time of 1:46.36, just a tenth of a second off the program record set two weeks ago at Smith College. Freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.), freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.), sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.) and freshman Kate Hall (Pawcatuck, Conn.) ran the legs. Hall had claimed third-place in the 60 meter dash earlier in the day with a run of 8.19 seconds.
The Penmen earned 19 points in the 500 meter race where freshman Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.) finished second, freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) came in third, freshman Eliza Fandel (Reading, Mass.) wound up fifth and freshman Makayla Norton (Dudley, Mass.) ran eighth. Fandel also earned a point by finishing in 8th place in the long jump.
A seventh-place finish by junior Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.) in the 60 meter dash earned a point, and she just missed a point when finishing ninth in the 200 meter race in 28.96, the top performer in the event for the Penmen on Saturday.
The rest of the scoring came in the field events with senior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) finishing fourth in the pole vault, freshman Theresa Spear (Westerly, R.I.) was fourth in the shot put, while junior Jalisa Allen (Foxboro, Mass.) wound up in seventh place in that event.
Another freshman, Bennie Alula (Hartford, Conn.) was sixth in the weight throw.
Eastern Connecticut State University (104) edged Keene State (103) by a single point to claim the team title. Franklin Pierce University (82.5) finished in third place ahead the Penmen (75). Host Plymouth State wound up in fifth place among the 13 participating schools with 74 points.
SNHU's Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) did not participate at the Panther Invitational. Elder finished seventh in the shot put on Saturday at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. She had a throw of 13.71m (44' 11.75"). The event was won by Brown's Kendra Offiaeli with 14.37m.
The Penmen will head back to Boston University on Friday, February 8 for the David Hemery Valentine Invite.
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