BRISTOL – It was quite the collegiate season for Bristol Central graduate Ashley Elder.
Elder, in her senior season with Southern New Hampshire University, racked up the accolades with the Penmen in 2019-20, and capped off her memorable season with a historic All-American honor. The Bristol native was named a Division-II All-American in the shot put, becoming the first indoor track and field All-American in school history.
Elder qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships for the second straight season thanks to a season-best toss of 15.07m on Dec. 14 at Southern Maine, which was the seventh-best toss in the country among Division II athletes.
Elder’s throw on Dec. 14 helped her gain Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, and later in the season, helped SNHU to a fourth-place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships and was named Field Athlete of the Meet after contributing a team-high 20 points to the Penmen’s team score by winning the weight throw and the shot put. Her contributions helped SNHU score 96 total points, the most it ever scored in a conference meet.
Elder’s success is hardly unfamiliar, as the 2015 Central graduate was a track and field graduate with the Rams, and was all-conference and All-State during her tenure. She also set a school record in the discus throw during her time at Central.