Bristol native Ashley Elder has earned back-to-back Female Athlete of the Week honors at Southern New Hampshire University.
A 2015 graduate of Bristol Central High School, the sophomore forensic psychology major won the discus competition with a meet record and personal best throw of 42.38 meters (139 feet) to help lead the Penmen to a fourth-place finish at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational this past Saturday, helping her earn the AOW nod for this week. Elder also finished seventh overall in the shot put with a throw of 11.48 meters (37 feet, 8 inches) and in the top 10 of the hammer throw with a toss of 39.18 meters (128 feet, 6 inches).
The previous Sunday, Elder turned in top 10 finishes in each of her three throwing events as SNH tied for third at the Tufts Snowflake Invitational on Sunday, earning her the AOW nod from the school for last week. Elder won the discus with a throw of 41.10 meters (134 feet, 10 inches), which was nearly three meters better than her closest competitor; was fifth in the hammer throw with a 39.12-meter (128 feet, 4 inches) toss; and turned in a 10.92-meter (35 feet, 10 inches) throw in the shot put to place No. 10 and third in Division II.
Collins competes for ECSU
Bristol’s Jacob Collins, a junior forward, was part of the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball team, which finished its 2016-17 season with a 21-9 record, becoming champions of the Little East Conference.
ECSU head coach Bill Geitner said, “Jacob provided versatility, having the ability to spread the floor at the forward position.”
A sociology major, Collins averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.