MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team was selected for the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Track/Cross Country Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Thursday afternoon.
Elder, a psychology major with a 3.73 GPA, was one of ten athletes selected in District 1 (Central Atlantic, East Coast, Northeast 10).
Elder is the program record holder in four events, shot put, discus, hammer throw and weight throw. She became the first SNHU athlete to compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put in February. Elder also qualified for, and competed last weekend in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put.
Two weeks ago, Elder, garndered NCAA Division II All-East Region recognition, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honorees for the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. The All-Region teams are comprised of the top-five individuals in each event. For a second consecutive year, Elder was the top discus performer in the East Region, as well as tops in the shot put. She was also chosen as an All-Region performer in the hammer throw. She turned in the top discus throw with a 47.39-meter (155 feet, six inch) performance at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational, winning the event. Elder captured four discus titles this season. Her top performance in the shot put earned her the trip to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas. Elder won the shot put at the 2nd Annual Penmen Relays on April 13 with a season-best 14.82-meter throw (48' 7.5"). She also won four times in the event during the outdoor season. Elder's best hammer throw came at the Penmen Relays at 49.27-meters (161' 8"). That was fourth best in the East Region. She scored three wins in the hammer throw- and a total of 11 event wins during the outdoor season.
The Academic All-District Team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with Google Cloud Academic All-America® teams announced in June.
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