Coakley, Women's Cross Country Finish Second In Season-Opening Shacklette Invitational


When and Where: September 1, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (St. Anselm College)
Distance:  Women's race, 5K
Results: Southern New Hampshire University – 2nd/5 (75)

The Penmen opened the season with a solid second place finish at the 37th annual Philip J. Shacklette Invitational at St. Anselm College.  Sophomore Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) finished second in 19:42.


  • Coakley finished 16 seconds behind the race winner, Katherine Ferrara, of Merrimack. 
  • Two other Penmen finished in the top ten -  freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) was fourth in 19:56 and junior Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) was eighth at 20:11.
  • Senior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) ran 20:56 and finished 19th.
  • Junior Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) was 22nd in 21:09.


  • SNHU participated in the Shacklette for the first time since 2015.   Merrimack finished first.   St. Anselm (3rd) , Bentley (4th) and St. Michael's (5th) also participated.
  • This is Southern New Hampshire's best finish at the Shacklette since finishing second in 2010.
  • The Penmen ran without junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) who was held out as a precaution (illness). 


  • The Penmen will compete at the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Invitational on September 15.

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