Elder Hits NCAA Division II Provisional Mark, Totals 23 Points to Lead Women’s Track and Field at Skyhawk Invitational


When and Where: April 28, 2018 – Easton, Mass. (W.B. Mason Stadium)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 7th/13 (37)

Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) turned in an NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance in the shot put for the second consecutive meet, and captured the discus event on Saturday to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team to a top-10 finish at the Skyhawk Invitational. The Penmen totaled 37 points to finish seventh overall.

Elder was the top NCAA Division II student-athlete in each of the three events she competed in, which included the hammer throw in addition to the shot and disc. She was second overall in the shot put with a heave of 13.86 meters (45 feet, 5.75 inches), which also qualified her for the New England Outdoor Championships and is a new personal best. Abbie Mokwuah of the College of the Holy Cross took the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 14.61 meters (47 feet, 11.25 inches). In the discus, Elder hurled the disc 42.88 meters (140 feet, 8 inches) to secure 10 points for the Penmen and qualify for the New England Championships. She closed out her 23-point day in the hammer throw, where she whirled the weight 46.61 meters (152 feet, 11 inches) to finish first amongst NCAA Division II student-athletes and earn five points.

In addition to Elder's 23 points in the throws, the Penmen picked up eight points courtesy of their relay teams. The 4x800-meter relay contingent of senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.), freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) pushed the baton around the track in 10 minutes, 19.79 seconds to finish third overall to secure six points. In the 4x100-meter relay, junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) completed the event in 49.60 to secure two points after posting the seventh-fastest time.

Murphy added four additional points of her own in the triple jump, as she propelled herself a distance of 11.19 meters (36 feet, 8.5 inches) to finish fifth, while Lorenzen capped the SNHU scoring with two points in the 100-meter dash after clocking an official time of 12.69 seconds to slot in seventh.

- Boston College captured the women's team title after totaling 167 points. The Eagles were followed by the University of Rhode Island (136.5), Stonehill (131.83), Holy Cross (106.66) and Assumption College (55).
- Elder was the top Division II finisher in each of her three events Saturday, which upped her total to 11 this season where she either won an event or was the No. 1 NCAA Division II finisher.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Friday (May 4) when it heads to Southern Connecticut State University for the 2018 Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

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