SAN ANGELO – Tarleton’s 2021 outdoor track and field season is less than two weeks old, but Emily Simon looked to be in midseason form on Wednesday at the David Noble Relays.
The senior sits in second place in the heptathlon after tallying 3,068 points across four events. Simon won the shot put and surpassed her personal record by more than three feet with a heave of 38′ 07″. In doing so, she amassed 645 points and became the first track and field athlete in the Texans’ Division I era to win an event as an individual.
The Vernon, Texas native also claimed second place and set personal records in the 100m hurdles (14.47) and high jump (5′ 3.25″). Simon now ranks third in the Western Athletic Conference in the high jump and fifth in the long jump.
Simon was joined by fellow heptathletes Chandee Bachmeyer and Sarah Ahmadi in San Angelo. Skyler Sandusky and Isaac Hutchings each made their collegiate debuts in the decathlon for Tarleton as well.
Bachmeyer ended Wednesday in sixth place with 2,737 points and Ahmadi finished with 2,185 points at the halfway mark of her first-ever effort in the heptathlon. Sandusky and Hutchings are seventh (3,341 points) and eighth (3,173 points), respectively, with five events remaining.
Sandusky’s top performance came in the 400m, where he finished third in 51.58 and racked up 743 points. One event earlier, the senior notched a personal record of 6′ 0″ in the high jump and moved into a tie for 12th in the event on the WAC outdoor performance list. Sandusky also improved his personal record in the long jump by more than a foot with a leap of 21′ 0″.
Hutchings turned heads to begin the decathlon in the 100m dash. The freshman clocked a time of 11.04, finished second overall and claimed 852 points. He now owns the third-fastest time in the event among all Tarleton sprinters. Hutchings later finished fourth and won his heat in the 400m in 51.88 and notched season bests in the long jump (19′ 10.75″), shot put (31′ 07″) and high jump (5′ 06″).
A junior, Bachmeyer placed inside the top-five and set personal records in both the 200m dash and high jump. The 200m dash was her top scoring event. She improved her career time in the 200m dash by more than a second, finishing fifth in 26.23 and scoring 777 points in the process. From Thrall, Texas, Bachmeyer took fourth in the high jump at 5′ 02.25″ and reeled in 712 points. Bachmeyer also notched a personal record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.54, which earned 772 points.
Ahmadi dramatized her long-term potential by setting personal records in the high jump (4′ 9.5″), shot put (29′ 8″) and 200m dash (28.70). Wednesday marked just the second meet of Ahmadi’s career in Purple and White.
The heptathlon concludes on Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800m. The second half of the decathlon begins with the 110m hurdles and concludes with a 1,500m run. Sandwiched in between are the discus and javelin throw and the pole vault.
Tarleton only sent multi-event athletes to San Angelo. The Texans will travel a full squad on Saturday to Arlington for the UTA Invitational.
Visit the track and field schedule page on TarletonSports.com to access a link to live meet results.