Ashley Elder Captures Shot Put Event at New England Championships to Highlight Women’s Track and Field’s Performance


When and Where: May 12, 2018 – Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth College)
Results: Southern New Hampshire University – 20th/37 (10)

Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team finished first overall in the shot put on Saturday, as the Penmen took part in the 2018 New England Outdoor Championships at Dartmouth College. 

Elder, who finished second in the shot put at the Northeast-10 Championships a week ago, turned in a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches) to top a field of 22 student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. She edged her next closest competitor by .02 meters (.75 inches) and registered her third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance. Leeyan Redwood of Northeastern University slotted in second with a throw of 14.10 meters (46 feet, 3.25 inches), and she was followed by Southern Connecticut State University's Destiney Coward (13.78 meters [45 feet, 2.50 inches]), and Lauren LaDere (13.75 meters [45 feet, 1.50 inches]) and Danielle Notarfra (13.66 meters [44 feet, 9.75 inches]), both of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Elder also took part in the discus, where she finished second in Division II and No. 20 overall after whirling the disc 34.57 meters (113 feet, 5 inches).

Sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) represented Southern New Hampshire in the 3000-meter steeplechase, where she turned in a new personal best of 11:38.25, which is also a new program record and good enough to finish in the Division II top-five. Junior Sydney Blais (Pascoag, R.I.) posted a top-20 overall finish and a top-10 Division II performance in the long jump for the Penmen, as she propelled herself a distance of 5.05 meters (16 feet, 7 inches). Sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) matched the effort in the triple jump with a 10.78-meter (35 feet, 4.50 inches) showing, which was her second event in the championships after turning in a time of 14.97 seconds in the 100-meter hurdle prelims. Sophomore Natalie Gallagher (Windham, N.H.) also took part in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries, and she clocked an official time of 16.16 seconds before adding a 1:13.21 performance in the 400-meter hurdle prelims.

- Northeastern University captured the team title with 121 combined points. The Huskies were followed by Dartmouth College (99.62), UMass Amherst (86.50), the University of Rhode Island (82.12) and the University of New Hampshire (67.12).
- Southern Connecticut State finished atop the Division II contingent with 35 points, which was good enough for No. 6 overall. The Owls were followed in the DII ranks by Stonehill College (27.50), Assumption College (19), the University of New Haven (12) and Southern New Hampshire.

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