Steph Simon Shines at National Track Meet; Wins Long Jump Title
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon competed last weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Track and Field National Meet that was held in Greensboro, North Carolina.
On Friday Stephanie competed in the emerging elite level in the triple jump and placed third out of 32 competitors across the country with a mark of 11.79 meters (38′-8.25″).
“This places Stephanie even higher than when she got fourth place in the same event at the indoor national meet,” said CHS head coach Cesar Hernandez.
Two days later, Simon competed in the emerging elite long jump and went on to repeat as the emerging elite long jump winner from indoor, with a new personal best of 5.87 meters (19′-3.25″).
“This was Stephanie’s first time-ever passing the 19-foot boundary in the long jump,” noted Hernandez. “She ended up having the same top distance as another girl, but her second-best jump of 19′-0.75″ would be the deciding factor, giving her the win.”
Stephanie’s leap would have been good enough to break the meet record of 18′-10″, but because it was a wind-aided jump, it will not go into the record books. In addition, Stephanie’s mark would have placed her eighth in the championship level of the meet this year.
“Looking forward to next year, Stephanie will be chasing All-American status in the triple jump and the long jump, which she can achieve by placing in the top six of an event at the championship level,” Hernandez added.