Strong Throws Lead SNHU To Fifth Place Finish At Smith Pioneer Invitational

Strong Throws Lead SNHU To Fifth Place Finish At Smith Pioneer Invitational


When and Where: January 19, 2019 – Northampton, Mass. (Smith College)
Results: 5th of 14 teams (54 points)

Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) set two personal bests and program records and junior Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) won two events as SNHU competed Saturday at the Smith Pioneer Invitational in Northampton, Mass.

Elder opened the day in the weight throw with a toss of 15.28m, the first in SNHU history to exceed 50 feet (50' 1.75").  She finished fouth in that event, and then followed it up with her fifth consecutive winning effort in the shot put.  Her toss of 14.83m (48' 8") was her personal best, and establishes a new mark for Penmen throwers.

Freshman Theresa Spear (Westerly, R.I.) was another bright spot by finishing seventh in the shot put with a personal best of 11.20m (36' 09").  Another freshman, Bennie Alula (Hartford, Conn.) also set a new personal mark in the weight throw with a 12.21m while finishing 12th.  

Murphy earned the squad 20 points with wins in both the triple jump and 60 meter hurdles. 

The Penmen also scored points in four other events.  Senior Mary Claffey (Burlington, Conn.) tied the indoor program record in the pole vault at 2.75m (9' .25"), good enough for sixth place.  Freshman Kate Hall (Pawcatuck, Conn.) ran sixth in the 60 meter dash with a new personal best of 8.22 seconds.  Also freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Meghan Stroh (New Fairfield, Conn.) each earned points with top eight finishes in the 600m dash.

SNHU's 4x200 meter relay team established a new program record with a time of 1:46.26.  Competing on Saturday were sophomore Megan Decker (Durham, Conn.), Hall, Stroh and freshman Zeandrea Ward (Hartford, Conn.)  

Overall, SNHU finished fifth in the 14 team field.  Top distance runners for the Penmen had the meet off.  Also, because of the winter storm, SNHU scratched an opportunity to run in the 4x400 meter relay, which was the final event of the Smith Pioneer program.  

- With a win in the 4x400 meter relay, Springfield College edged past Rhode Island College 100.75-100 to win the title.  Westfield State University and Wesleyan University finished ahead of SNHU.  

What's Next:
The Penmen have two meets on the schedule in the coming week.  On Friday, January 25, SNHU will take part in the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic.  Then on Saturday, January 26, the Penmen will participate in a meet at Southern Maine University.

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