Simone Charley (not pictured above, because our photowire hates Vanderbilt, apparently) is a two-time All-SEC honoree on the soccer field. As of Saturday, she's now a five-time All-American when it comes to the triple jump.
The junior two-sport athlete claimed a second-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships with a school-record jump of 45 feet and 2.5 inches. She finished only behind Georgia's Keturah Orji, who set a collegiate record with a jump of 47 feet, eight inches. Charley was the only Commodore, male or female, to place at the biggest meet of the outdoor track season.
This marks the fifth time Charley has been named an All-American for her triple jumping prowess. She placed second this winter at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (behind Orji) with a jump of 44 feet. She previously finished fourth in the indoor meet in 2015, third in last year's outdoor championships, and ninth in the 2014 NCAA outdoor event.
She's also a monster on the pitch, as well. I'll let this chunk of VUCommodores.com's biography speak for itself.
- 2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2015 All-South Region First Team
- 2015 Second Team All-SEC
- 2015 TSWA Sportswriters Association Player of the Week (Nov. 11)
- 2014 First Team All-SEC
- 2014 All-South Region Second Team
- 2014 SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week
- 2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2014 Preseason SEC Player to Watch
- 2013-14 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
- 2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
And she's still got another year to pad her resume. All hail Simone Charley, the most decorated Vanderbilt of her generation, if not all time.