Elinor Purrier, Women's Track & Field
Elinor, a freshman from Montgomery, Vt., broke the school record with a winning effort in the mile at the America East Championship (Feb. 24) and bested that mark with third place at the Last Chance Meet (March 2).
Elinor bested a field of 17 runners at the America East conference meet at The Armory in New York, N.Y., by crossing the finish line in 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds; the closest competitor finished 5.62 seconds later.
She lowered her record time to 4:36.14 at the Last Chance Meet at Boston University, where she placed behind a runner from Georgetown University and was edged at the finish line by a non-collegian while also edging out runners from Stony Brook, BU and Villanova.
Elinor’s school-record run of 4:36.14 currently ranks 15th in the NCAAs, which would make her eligible to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Elinor opened her collegiate career Aug. 31 with a cross country dual meet against No. 1-ranked Providence College and was the top ‘Cat – fourth overall – by completing UNH’s 5K course in 17:36. In a meet featuring two of the top three teams in the nation, Elinor placed 14th to help the Wildcats finish third at the Boston College Invitational.
She was the top ‘Cat and third overall to lead New Hampshire to the New England Championship on Oct. 12. Three weeks later, she once again was UNH’s top finisher (in sixth place) to propel UNH to the America East title. Elinor capped her cross country season in 40th place (254 runners) at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet.
In the track season, Elinor won the 1,000-meter run in a Jan. 18 dual meet against College of the Holy Cross at the Paul Sweet Oval; she was also part of UNH’s winning 4x400m relay team. One week later, she topped a field of 43 runners in the mile at the Joe Donahue Games (Northeastern University) with a time of 4:48.45.
Elinor continued her winning ways at the URI Coaches Meet (Feb. 1) with a first-place time of 2:13.42 in the 800m. She continued the strong indoor season at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Boston U.) on Feb. 7; her time of 4:43.36 was fastest in the second heat and bested four runners in the top heat to earn eighth place overall (of 168 runners).