Women’s Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season with Win at Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational


When and Where: April 7, 2018 – Fitchburg, Mass. (Fitchburg State University)
Results: Southern New Hampshire University – 1st/15 (169)

Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) finished first in the long jump and was a member of two winning relay teams on Saturday, as she helped the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team capture its first outdoor meet of the season, the 2018 Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational. The Penmen totaled 169 points to finish atop a field of 15 institutions and club teams.

Lorenzen took the top spot in the long jump with a distance of 5.25 meters (17 feet, 2.75 inches) to earn 10 points. Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) checked in just behind her with a 5.00-meter (16 feet, 5 inches) showing that was good enough for eight points, and junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.) slotted in third over after propelling herself a distance of 4.93 meters (16 feet, 2.25 inches) to grab six points.

The trio comprised three quarters of the 4x100-meter relay team, which was one of three contingents to finish first in their respective event. Blais, sophomore Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.), Murphy and Lorenzen matriculated the baton around the track in 51.22 seconds to secure 10 points for the Penmen, while the 4x400-meter team of freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), junior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.), Lorenzen and Murphy finished first overall in a time of four minutes, 14.92 seconds. The 4x800-meter relay event featured sophomoreMadison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.), classmate Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.), senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) and freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), and the Southern New Hampshire squad was first in 10:45.60.

Murphy continued to pile up points individually on Saturday, as she tacked on an additional 20 after winning both the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles. Murphy topped the field in the triple jump after turning in an official distance of 11.32 meters (37 feet, 1.75 inches) before navigating her way through the 100-meter hurdles in 16.12 seconds. 

Sophomore Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) finished just behind Murphy in the 100-meter hurdles after clocking a time of 17.37, which was the third-fastest mark in the event. Gallagher capped her hurdles performances in the 400-meter, which saw her again place third in 1:17.00.

Blais secured an individual win of her own in the 100-meter dash, as she led a Southern New Hampshire trio in the top-three spots in the race. Blais finished first with a time of 13.66 seconds, and she was followed by Cummings in 13.90 seconds and sophomore Megan Eugene (Everett, Mass.) in 13.91.

Southern New Hampshire compiled 23 points in the 200-meter dash by virtue of four Penmen student-athletes filling out the top-five positions. Lorenzen led the way in 27.54, which was the second-fastest time on Saturday. Decker followed in 28.00 to finish third before Eugene (28.84) and Blais (28.91) rounded out the top-five. 

Claffey headlined the high jump, as she finished first after clearing a height of 1.47 meters (4 feet, 9.75 inches) to earn eight points. Freshman Sydney Orsorio (Milford, N.H.) registered a pair of top-10 finishes in the throws with a third-place heave in the shot put at 9.32 meters (30 feet, 7 inches) as well as sixth-place outing in the discus at 26.90 meters (88 feet, 3 inches).

The 1500-meter run, 400-meter dash and 800-meter run saw a combined six top-10 finishes for Southern New Hampshire. In the 1500-meters, Coakley placed third in 5:17.18, while senior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was seventh in 5:35.97 and Bardier checked in ninth in 5:47.59. After sophomore Savannah Reinitzer (Litchfield, N.H.) clocked the seventh-best time in the 400-meter dash in 1:12.06, Dieterich finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32.27 and Brand was eighth in 2:46.21. 

- The meet consisted of 15 teams.
- The host institution, Fitchburg State University, was second with 112 points, and the Falcons were followed by Colby-Sawyer College (106), Castleton University (83) and Maine-Farmington (69) in the top-five.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire will host its inaugural home meet on Saturday (April 14) when it welcomes teams to Penmen Stadium for the Penmen Relays.

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