Steph Simon shines at D-2 State Meet
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon was the star of the show once again at a state-level track meet this past week, this time at the Division 2 State Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Stephanie finished in second place in three events, the 55 meter dash, the long jump, and the high jump, earning 24 points that alone vaulted the Lady Red Devils into ninth place in the team standings.
“Stephanie came up with her best meet of the season,” said CHS head coach Cesar Hernandez. “She recorded a season-best in every event, and a personal record (and new school record) in the 55 dash.”
In the 55 dash, Stephanie set her PR and CHS record with her sprint of 7.37 seconds. She came about as close as possible to winning the race, but the photo finish showed Stephanie coming up short by just 0.005 (that’s five-thousands of a second) with an official time of 7.368, compared to the winning time of 7.363.
Simon earned her second, second-place ribbon of the day when she long-jumped 18’-10.25”, a leap that left her behind only Woburn’s Brooklyn Manna, who won the event with a phenomenal leap of 19’-6”.
It should be noted that in any other year, Stephanie would have won the event by a wide margin — the previous meet record was 18’-2.5” — but Manna’s record-setting mark outdistanced Steph’s own meet-record performance. Simon’s leap was a season’s best for her by five inches.
In the high jump, Steph cleared all the way through 5’-4” with no misses and had a lot of good attempts at 5’-6”, a performance that earned her the third, second-place medal of the day.
Simon now will move on to compete in all three events at the All-State Meet this Saturday.
Other members of the Red Devil boys and girls teams representing Chelsea at the D-2 Meet, which required the participating athletes to attain qualifying standards, were Ana Chang, who competed in the 300 dash and finished in 19th place with a time of 45.33; Jazmany Reyes, who came across in 21st place in the 600 dash in 1:29.50; and Rigo Flores, whose shot-put toss of 36’-1.5” landed him in 21st position.