Elder Leads Women’s Track and Field to Sixth-Place Finish at NE10 Outdoor Championships


When and Where: May 5, 2018 – New Haven, Conn. (Jess Dow Field)
Results: Southern New Hampshire University – 6th/12 (45.50)

Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) captured the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Discus championship on Saturday, and helped lead the Penmen to a sixth-place finish overall at the event. Southern New Hampshire totaled 45.50 points as a team to knotch its highest finish in program history.

Elder compiled 18 individual points on Saturday between the discus and the shot put. She hurled the disc a distance of 42.28 meters (138 feet, eight inches) to finish first overall and earn 10 points. Elder outdistanced her next closest competitor by more than two full meters, and was just shy of four meters ahead of third. In the shot put, Elder registered her second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance with a heave of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches). The mark was a new personal best for the junior, and was .10 meters (four inches) outside of the top spot.

Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) also helped the Penmen cause with a 14-point individual effort. Murphy clocked an official time of 14.86 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, which was the second-fastest time in the event and registered eight points. She finished second behind Southern Connecticut State University's Briana Burt, who's time of 14.00 tied the NE10 Championship record. Murphy secured six points in the triple jump, as she propelled herself a distance of 11.47 meters (37 feet, 7.75 inches) to check in at No. 3 in the event.

Murphy was also a member of Southern New Hampshire's 4x400-meter and 4x100-meter relay teams that combined to score seven points. The 4x400 contingent of freshman Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.), junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) and Murphy pushed the baton around the track in 4:02.35 to finish fifth overall and grab four points, while the same foursome completed the 4x100 in 49.15 to finish sixth in the event.

Lorenzen tallied another five points of her own Saturday with a fourth-place performance in the 400-meter dash after she crossed the line in 57.50. Sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) slotted in seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:50.44 to nab two points, and classmate Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) capped the Penmen scoring in the 400-meter hurdles with an eighth-place outing in an official time of 1:09.44.

- Stonehill College captured the team title with a combined 242 points. Southern Connecticut State, the host institution, was second with 138.50 points, and the Owls were followed by Assumption College (134.50), American International College (71) and Adelphi University (49) in the top-five.
- The sixth-place team finish is the highest in program history of Southern New Hampshire, which improved on a seventh-place showing a year ago and a ninth-place outing two years ago.
- The Penmen picked up 2.50 points in Friday's opening day in the hammer throw, javelin and pole vault.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Friday (May 11) when it makes the trip to Dartmouth College for the 2018 New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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