Villanova won the Metro Team Challenge in New York on January 23, 2015.
On Elder: Part of a deep pole vault group for the Wildcats ... Scored team points at the BIG EAST Championships both indoors and outdoors last year and ranks 10th on the all-time Villanova performance list in the pole vault ... Has a chance to continue reaching new heights during the coming year and will be a regular contributor to the team during meets.
2015 Outdoor: Competed in the pole vault six times during the season and saved her best outing for the BIG EAST Championships, where she soared to a personal best height of 3.71 meters while scoring team points with a seventh place finish ... Finished in sixth place at the Princeton Open with a then-season best mark of 3.55 meters one week before the BIG EAST meet ... Opened the outdoor season by finsihing ninth (3.27m) at the Danny Curran Invitational ... Placed 15th in the Championship section (3.20m) at the Colonial Relays and reached a height of 3.35 meters to finish 13th a the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Came in eighth at the Delaware Classic (3.15m).
2014-15 Indoor: Tallied a personal best mark of 3.66 meters at the BIG EAST Championships, where she finished fifth overall and was one of four Villanova athletes to place in the top five ... Contributed team points for the Wildcats, who won their second straight team title at the conference meet ... Competed in the pole vault a total of six times during the season ... Tied for third place at the McElligott Invitational and tied for 16th place at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational ... Cleared the bar at 3.50 meters at each of those meets, and the mark was her best of the season until the BIG EAST meet ... Opened the season by finishing fifth (3.15m) at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Also came in sixth at the Metro Team Challenge (3.45m) and was 12th at the Akron Pole Vault Convention (3.40m).
2014 Outdoor: Established a personal best in the pole vault with a height of 3.55 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where she tied for eighth place ... Matched that effort at the Princeton Elite Meet and again finished in eighth place ... Runner-up at the Danny Curran Invitational (3.27m) and finished sixth at the Colonial Relays (3.10m).
2013-14 Indoor: Competed twice in the pole vault ... Came in sixth with a height of 3.20 meters at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Cleared the bar at 3.30 meters and tied for 11th place at the Tiger Open.
Moorestown High School: Only began to pole vault at the end of her sophomore year ... Previously was a USA Gymnastics Level 10 gymnast during her high school career ... Won the USA Gymnastics Level 9 floor exercise national championship ... Captured the NJSIAA Group 3 indoor state championship in the pole vault ... As both a junior and a senior was named to the track & field All-South Jersey team ... Selected as a Burlington County Scholastic League first team All-Star from the Liberty Division ... Three-year member of the Honors and Service society ... Received the Moorestown High School Service Award all four years.
Personal: Born 10/1/95 ... One of three children of James and Sandra Elder ... Has two brothers, Sam and James ... Majoring in Biochemistry.
Pole Vault 3.71 Meters 2015 BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14, 2014-15
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
Pole Vault 5th 2015 Indoor
Pole Vault 7th 2015 Outdoor