Murphy, Elder Lead Women’s Track and Field at George Davis Invitational

Murphy, Elder Lead Women’s Track and Field at George Davis Invitational


When and Where: April 21, 2018 – Lowell, Mass. (University of Massachusetts – Lowell)
Results: No team scoring

Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) each captured individual events on Saturday, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team took part at the George Davis Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. 

Murphy finished first overall in the triple jump and was the top NCAA Division II finisher in the 100-meter hurdles. In the triple jump, Murphy propelled herself a distance of 11.21 meters (36 feet, 9.5 inches) to top the field of NCAA Division I and Division II student-athletes. In the 100 hurdles, Murphy completed the event in 15.42 seconds, which was tied with UMass Lowell's Barbara Odiah for third overall. 

Elder matched Murphy's output in both the shotput and the discus, as she finished first overall in the disc and was the No. 1 Division II finisher in the shot. Elder dominated the discus with a toss of 43.74 meters (143 feet, 6 inches) to finish 2.18 meters (7 feet, 2 inches) ahead of second. The shotput saw Elder register a heave of 13.64 meters, putting her second overall and first in DII. Elder wrapped up her day in the hammer throw by whirling the weight a distance of 36.77 meters (120 feet, 8 inches) to check in at No. 14.

Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) also enjoyed a significant amount of individual success Saturday, as she was the top NCAA Division II student-athlete finisher in three events. Lorezen clocked an official time of 12.73 seconds to top the DII ranks in the 100-meter dash before completing the 200-meter dash in 26.54. Lorenzen's final Division II triumph came in the long jump, which she narrowly missed out on winning outright. Lorenzen checked in with a distance of 5.28 meters (17 feet, 4 inches), which was just .09 meters (3.5 inches) short of second and .17 meters (6.75 inches) away from the first-place finisher.

The 100-meter dash featured six additional Southern New Hampshire student-athletes aside from Lorenzen. Junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.) was next in for the Penmen in 13.09 seconds, which was good enough for No. 11. Freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.) crossed next for SNHU in 13.13 before sophomore Megan Eugene (Everett, Mass.) followed in 13.32. Sophomore Sam Cummings (Peabody, Mass.) posted a time of 13.36, and after sophomore Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) finished in 13.87, classmate Savannah Reinitzer (Litchfield, N.H.) rounded out the field in 1:10.92 Gallagher also took part in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, and slotted in at No. 10 with a time of 17.32 in the 100 before completing the 400 in 1:15.75.

The 200-meter dash featured Blais, Gallagher and Reinitzer as well as Lorenzen. Blais was the first Penmen finisher after Lorenzen in 28.06 to finish No. 19 overall, while Gallagher crossed in 29.90 (22) and Reinizter completed the contingent in 30.67 (23). 

The 3000-meter run featured a trio of Southern New Hampshire student-athletes in the top-10. Sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) led the way with a time of 10 minutes, 54.54 seconds to grab the third overall spot while freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) followed in 11:09.31, which was the fifth-fastest time of the day. Sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) rounded out the list of Penmen competitors in 11:29.69, the seventh-best time in the event.

Both Penmen relay teams finished third overall in their respective events, as both the 4x100-meter squad and the 4x400-meter contingent were two spots outside No. 1. The 4x100-meter team of Blais, Decker, Murphy and Lorenzen totaled a time of 50.62 seconds while Eugene, junior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) Decker and Cummings turned in a team time of 4:31.86 in the 4x400-meter.

In shifting back to the field events, Blais and Murphy also finished top-10 in the long jump Saturday. Blais landed in the sand at 5.04 meters (16 feet, 6.5 inches) to slide in just behind Lorenzen, and Murphy was just two spots behind Blais in seventh with an official mark of 4.99 meters (16 feet, 4.5 inches). 

The shotput and the discus also included a trio of Penmen participants, as freshman Sydney Orsorio(Milford, N.H.) and sophomore Jalisa Allen (Foxborough, Mass.) threw the disc before being accompanied by Carper in the shotput. Orsorio's throw of 28.91 meters (94 feet, 10 inches) in the discus was No. 14 overall and narrowly edged out Allen's showing of 26.56 meters (87 feet, 2 inches). Carper checked into the shotput at No. 13 with a heave of 8.62 meters (28 feet, 3.5 inches), which was behind Allen in 12that 8.93 meters (29 feet, 3.75 inches) and Orsorio in 11that 9.37 meters (30 feet, 9 inches).

- Carper took part in the javelin and was sixth overall with a 31.16-meter (108 feet, 9 inches) performance.
- Senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) was 12thin the 800-meter run in 2:44.95.

What's Next:
Women's track and field will head down to historic Franklin Field this weekend to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, which are set to begin on Friday and carry through the weekend.