CHATHAM, NJ - Representing Chatham High School at the NJSIAA Track & Field Meet of Champions last Saturday, track star Simone Kirton certainly ended her legacy at Chatham on a high note. Kirton secured fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.57.
“I’m definitely happy that I was able to place in the Meet of Champions because I like representing Chatham positively at these large meets, and helping demonstrate that anything can be accomplished with hard work,” Kirton said. “It was really important to help set a good example for my underclassmen teammates as well.”
Simone Kirton is the Hawk Allstate Chatham Athlete of the Week.
Kirton has been an asset to the Chatham girls track program throughout her entire high school career. She placed in the Morris County Championships every year since 2014 - initiating her legacy with a personal record for the 100 meter hurdles as a freshman, and concluding it by breaking the event’s record entirely in 2017. At the 2017 Morris County Championships, Kirton topped the 14.44 record set by Jefferson’s Katie Hatler in 2013 with a 14.07 victory.
Leaving the county championships as a two-time champion of the 100 hurdles, and securing her first 100-meter sprint title after running 12.58 on the first day of the event, Kirton was prepared to make her final performance at the Meet of Champions a strong one. Finishing among the top 5 hurdlers once again, Kirton certainly did just that.
“It really allows me to have some confidence going into Columbia, knowing that I belong with the other Division 1 athletes,” said Kirton following her final high school accomplishment. “It was definitely a daunting future, but now I'm more excited than ever since I'm confident in my abilities.”
Throughout her entire high school career, Kirton hoped to eventually be recruited for college track & field. She aspired to follow in the footsteps of her two older siblings who were also recruited for Division I athletics.
Kirton’s first ambition for her hurdling career at Columbia is to break 14 seconds for the 100 meter hurdles.
“It would be a huge milestone for me that's been five years in the making,” Kirton said. “I also want to qualify for NCAA track championships by the time I graduate.”
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