Elder and Murphy Again Lead Women's Track and Field at NE10 Indoor Championships

Elder and Murphy Again Lead Women's Track and Field at NE10 Indoor Championships


When and Where: February 16-17, 2019 – Northampton, Mass. (Smith College)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 7th/12 (39)

Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) turned in a new program record while winning the shot put and junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) set a new personal and school mark in the 60 hurdles as the Southern New Hampshire women's track and field team wound up in seventh place at the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.  The Penmen totaled 39 points with its best finish at the NE10's, contested this year at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Elder had a winning toss of 15.13m (49' 7.75"), eclipsing her previous best of 14.83m set last month, also at Smith College.  She also contributed to her team by finishing seventh on Saturday in the weight throw at 15.09m.  

Murphy totaled six points individually.  She finished in fourth place in the 60 hurdles.  Her qualifying time of 9.20 was slightly faster than the 9.22 she ran in the final.  The team veteran also finished eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.32m (37' 1.75").   Murphy also scored in a third event with the 4x400 relay, which wound up in sixth place.  Other members of that team were sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.).

Freshman Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.) turned in the top performance on the team in the 800m, running a PR 2:22.38.  She was also part of a fifth place finish in the 4x800 relay with freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.), freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.).

Henson and members of the distance medley relay team had earned the team a point with an eighth place run on Saturday.  Stroh, Corcoran and sophomore Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y). were the other runners.

Freshman Kate Hall (Pawcatuck, Conn.) came in sixth place in the 200m race with a time of 26.05 seconds.  She also ran the fastest 60m race in SNHU history with her qualifying run of 8.00 seconds on Saturday, but didn't qualify for the final.

Ward finished in seventh place in the 400m run at 59.96, good for two scoring points.

Couto picked up a point by running eighth in the 800m run (2:23.03) and in addition to her contribution in the DMR, Coakley was sixth in the mile race and eighth in the 3,000m event.

In all, five program marks were set at the Championship.  Senior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) wound up ninth in the pole vault with a new school mark of 2.92m.

Personal records were also established by Corcoran in the 800m. Freshman Theresa Spear (Westerly, R.I) and junior Jalisa Allen (Foxboro, Mass.) set new marks in the shot put comptition on Sunday.  Freshman Bennie Alulu (Hartford, Conn.) set personal mark in the weight throw on Saturday.


- Stonehill College captured the women's team title for the sixth consecutive year. The Skyhawks compiled 166 points, and were followed in the top-five by Assumption College (120), Southern Connecticut State University (68), American International College (62), College of St. Rose (54) and Franklin Pierce (52).
- The Penmen improved from an eighth place finish last year.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire continues its schedule on Sunday, February 24 when it takes part in the BU Last Chance Meet.

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