When and Where: February 3, 2018 – Boston (Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center)
Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) set a new personal record and was the top Division II student-athlete in the shot put Saturday, as she and sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) represented the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team at the New England Indoor Championships.
Elder unloaded a heave of 13.67 meters (44 feet, 10.25 inches) to finish fourth overall and No. 1 in NCAA Division II. She topped her previous personal best of 13.30 meters (43 feet, 7.75 inches), which was set at the Panther Invite on January 20. Elder's performance was just over a meter behind the first-place finisher from Northeastern University, .80 meters out of the second-place spot and less than a quarter meter from third.
Murphy was third in Division II and No. 16 overall in the triple jump on Saturday, as she propelled herself 11.05 meters (36 feet, 3 inches). University of Massachusetts-Amherst's Ivana Nyemeck captured the event with a 12.11-meter (39 feet, 8.75 inches) performance, and she was followed by Dahsia Middlebrooks of American International College (12.05 meters/39 feet, 6.5 inches) and Northeastern's Shraeya Srinivasan (11.78 meters/38 feet, 7.75 inches).
- Northeastern captured the team title with a combined score of 130.50 points. The Huskies were followed by Dartmouth College (89.50), Boston College (84), the University of Rhode Island (57) and the College of the Holy Cross (53).
- Southern Connecticut State University was the top Division II institution finisher with 30 points, which was good enough for ninth overall.
- The New England Indoor Championships consisted of more than 30 institutions from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. Both the shot put and triple jump consisted of 23 student-athletes.
Elder, Murphy and the rest of the Penmen women's track and field team return to action on Friday (February 9) when they return to Boston for the David Hemery Invite at Boston University.
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