Junior Ashley Elder of Bristol has earned NCAA Division II All-East Region recognition with the Southern New Hampshire University women’s track and field team, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the All-Region honorees for the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor season this week.
The All-Region teams include the top five individuals in each event, from each region.
Elder was the top discus performer in the east region this season and was also chosen as an All-Region performer in the shot put after an outstanding campaign for the Penmen.
She turned in the top discus throw in the NCAA Division II East Region with a 44.23-meter (145 feet, 1 inch) performance at the 2018 Penn Relays, which was good enough for No. 11 overall in the event. Elder captured five discus titles in seven meets this season, including the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Championship on May 5.
In addition to her All-Region performance in the discus, Elder was second in the shot put with a throw of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches) at the NE10 Championships. She took home the shot put crown at the New England Outdoor Championships on May 12 after a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches), and finished either first or second in the event in six of eight outings.
In all, Elder won nine individual events this spring, finished in the top two on 12 occasions and was top 10 in her respective events 14 times.
Elder has also been named Southern New Hampshire University’s Female Athlete of the Week for each of the past two weeks.
She won the shot put at the New England Championships this past Saturday, as she turned in a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches) to top a field of 22 athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and register her third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance. Elder also took part in the discus, where she finished second in Division II and No. 20 overall after throwing for 34.57 meters (113 feet, 5 inches).
The previous week, Elder picked up 19 points to help the Penmen to their best finish ever at the NE10 Championships with a sixth-place showing. Elder won the discus by hurling it 42.28 meters (138 feet, 8 inches) to win by more than two full meters. In the shot put, Elder registered her second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance with a heave of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches). The mark was a new personal best for the junior, and was .10 meters (4 inches) outside of the top spot. Elder was also eighth in the hammer throw, as she had a toss of 46.59 meters (152 feet, 10 inches).