Elder Takes Top Spot in Shot Put to Lead Women's Track at Gordon Kelly Invitational

Elder Takes Top Spot in Shot Put to Lead Women's Track at Gordon Kelly Invitational


When and Where: February 10, 2018 – Cambridge, Mass. (Johnson Athletic Center)
Results: No Team Scoring

Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) captured the shot put event for the fifth time this season on Saturday to headline the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team's performance at the Gordon Kelly Invitational on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elder unloaded a heave of 13.29 meters (43'7.5") to finish first overall in a field of 32 student-athletes. She cleared the second-place finisher by more than 1.5 meters and fell just shy of eclipsing third by at least two full meters. Sophomore Jalisa Allen (Foxborough, Mass.) turned in a top-10 toss of her own, as her throw of 9.94 meters (32'7.5") slotted her No. 10 overall. Freshman Sydney Orsorio (Milford, N.H.) rounded out the Penmen contingent with an official distance of 8.99 meters (29'6.25"). Elder also registered a top-10 performance in the weight throw, as she finished second amongst NCAA Division II student-athletes and sixth overall with a 15.13-meter (49'8"), personal best, showing.

Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) finished second overall in a pair of events, and was first in Division II in the same outings. Murphy propelled herself a distance of 10.71 meters (35'1.75") in the triple jump to check in just .75 meters (2'5") behind the event's winner. In the 60-meter hurdles, Murphy blazed down the track in 9.47 seconds to post the second-fastest time in a field of 39 student-athletes. Sophomore Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) also took part in the 60-meter hurdles and turned in a time of 10.37 to slot in at No. 20.

In addition to competing in the 60-meter hurdles, Gallagher was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team and was part of an SNHU quartet that finished in the top-20 of the 200 meters. Freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), sophomore Megan Eugene (Everett, Mass.), Gallagher and sophomore Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.) pushed the baton around the track in 4:40.56 to check in third overall in the 4x400. Cummings led the way in the 200 meters, as she was fourth overall in an even 28.00 seconds. Decker was right behind her in fifth in 28.09, while Eugene followed in 28.26. Gallagher completed the list of Penmen runners in 30.49.

The 400 meters featured another top-10 finish for both Eugene and Decker, as the duo were fifth and sixth, respectively. Eugene was fifth overall in 1:04.84, which was just 1.7 seconds behind the event winner, while Decker followed in 1:05.00.

Eugene collected another top-15 finish in the 60 meters, as Southern New Hampshire placed all-four of its student-athletes in that range. Cummings led the way in 8.36 seconds, which was good enough for seventh in the field. Junior Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) was next in 8.45 to finish at No. 11, while junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.) and Eugene clocked in at 8.48 and 8.54, respectively.

In the 800 meters, Southern New Hampshire registered three top-20 finishes which included two in the top-10. Sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) led the way in 2:29.11, which was fourth overall and tops in Division II. Classmate Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) checked in right behind her in fifth with a time of 2:29.19, and fellow sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) was the next Penmen across in 2:42.12. Senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) was fifth for Southern New Hampshire in 2:43.90. 

- Humphreys and Blais also competed in the long jump on Saturday. Humphreys put forth a distance of 4.50 meters (14'9.25") to check in at No. 22, while Blais was just behind her with a performance of 4.41 meters (14'5.75'').
- Freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) joined junior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) in the 3000 meters. Coakley was sixth in the field and top in Division II in 11:10.25. Dennis was No. 14 overall with an official time of 11:31.92.
- Brand also took part in the mile run, where she finished fifth overall in 5:36.23.

What's Next:
The Penmen are back in action next Saturday when they compete in the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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