University of New Hampshire standout runner Elinor Purrier pitchied for her home-state Vermont Lake Monsters on Friday.
Purrier threw a strike for her ceremonial first pitch before the Lake Monsters game against the Auburn Doubledays at historic Centennial Field.
The Lake Monsters took note of Purrier’s impressive season – the best ever by a UNH runner – and invited her to the game.
“As one of the only professional teams in Vermont, we are always looking for ways to highlight the impressive achievements of fellow Vermont teams and athletes,” said Maria Valentyn, director of community relations and promotions for the Lake Monsters. “When we heard about Elle’s simply amazing achievements this past season, we knew we had to bring her to the ballpark to celebrate those achievements with our fans.”
Purrier, who heads into her senior year this fall, grew up on a farm in Montgomery, Vt. – a little more than an hour north of Burlington – and ran cross country and track & field at Richford High School.
She put together a tremendous year in 2016-17. She earned All American honors on the course and track in all three seasons – cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field – and also collected numerous academic awards.
Purrier finished seventh at the NCAA Championships in cross country, was second in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and was fourth in the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She swept America East Scholar Athlete of the Year awards for the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons in 2016-2017.
“We believe sharing Elle’s successes is especially important because of all the young boys and girls in the stands who hope to someday achieve the kind of things Elle has in her collegiate career,” Valentyn said.
Thursday, Purrier was named America East Female Overall Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Courtesy: UNH Athletics
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