Vanderbilt’s Simone Charley Sets School Record in Triple Jump, Nations 3rd Best Mark of Season

Posted on Feb 13 2016 - 7:00am by Mike Strasinger

Simone Charley - File photo by Mike Strasinger

Simone Charley – File photo by Mike Strasinger

From Vanderbilt Athletics

NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt standout Simone Charley just keeps getting better and better — which is great news for the Commodores, and scary news for the rest of the country. 

The All-American triple jumper broke her own school record — and set the nation’s third-best mark of the season — with a leap of 43.9.75 at the Music City Challenge on Friday night. 

Competing on her home track, Charley, a junior, hit that same mark twice during the night while finishing in second place and first among college representatives. Her leap surpassed her previous school record of 43-5.25 that she set last season. 

In addition to Charley’s historic leap, the Commodores had several other impressive performances. 

Freshman Ashlyn Hare continued her fine season by finishing fourth in the high jump at 5-5.75 (1.67m). It was a new PR for Hare, and moved her into a tie with teammate Sarah Goodale for seventh place on VU’s all-time list. 

Faith Washington took 18th place in the 200 with a time of 25.19, and Erin Hardnett was 36th at 25.98. 

On the men’s side, a trio of Commodores — Jake Van Geffen, Nick French and Jason Vincze — each shattered their previous personal bests in the 5k. 

Van Geffen led the Commodores’ pack, taking sixth place with a time of 14:52.17. French was seventh at 14:55.00 and Vincze was ninth at 15:00.44. 

The Challenge — which is Vanderbilt’s final regular-season meet — continues on Saturday, and the Commodores are scheduled to compete in 10 events. (See schedule below for times).

Friday’s Results (Vanderbilt) 

High Jump 

T-4 – Ashlyn Hare – 5-5.75 (1.67m) 

Triple Jump 

2 – Simone Charley – 43.9.75 (13.35m)

200 Meters

18 – Faith Washington -25.19

36 – Erin Hardnett – 25.98 

5000 Meters

6- Jake Van Geffen – 14:52.17

7 – Nick French – 14:55.00

9 – Jason Vincze – 15:00.44

13 – Dan Arthur – 15:59.82

14 – Evan Suzman 16:02.22

Saturday’s Schedule (Vanderbilt)

10 am 3000 Meters-Unseeded – Vanderbilt: Devon Grisbaum

10:35 am 3000 Meters-Unseeded – Vanderbilt: Caleb Casolaro

11:10 am Mile Run-Unseeded – Vanderbilt: Sam Reilly, Waqqas Fazili

Noon Pole Vault – Vanderbilt: Sarah Bell, Megan McCabe, Katie Watts

1 pm 60 Hurdles-Prelim – Vanderbilt: Erin Hardnett

2:20 pm Mile Run-Seeded – Vanderbilt: Sara Barron, Carmen Carlos, Katherine Delaney, Megan Huebner, Sara Tsai, Vanessa Valentine

2:35 pm Mile Run-Seeded Vanderbilt: Nikos Gkotsis

3:20 pm 400 Meters-Seeded – Vanderbilt: Skyler Carpenter, Jennifer Edobi, Faith Washington

3:50 pm 800 Meters-Seeded – Vanderbilt: Reagan Anderson, Ginger Hutton, Lydia Witty

4:20 pm 3000 Meters-Seeded – Vanderbilt: Courtney Kriegshauser, Caroline Pietrzyk

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