Simmons' mark earned her fourth place overall out of 18 competitors. In other action for the Rams, the 4x100m relay team placed third with its season-best time of 47.54.
A large chunk of the team's 40 points were earned in the throwing events. In the shot put, senior Fallon Wilson (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) and sophomore Ashley Rogers (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) earned fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Wilson scored a mark of 40-7.75, while Rogers followed in the standings with a throw of 39-8.75. Freshman Nikki Arrington (Richmond, Va./Manchester), pictured, placed sixth in the discus with a mark of 122-5, while Wilson earned an eight-place finish.
Arrington also earned the squad's best mark of the year in the hammer throw with her sixth-place toss of 137-0, while senior Jennell Holmes (Yorktown, Va./York) scored a personal-best 134-3 to give her an eight-place mark.
The Rams fared well in the mid-distance events as well. Junior Kristina Rios (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) ran a 2:19.22 in the 800m, while freshman Danielle Williams (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) ran a 4:49.09 in the 1500m. Both times were the fastest by any Ram all season.
During the 3000m steeplechase junior Emily Thompson (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) scored a season-best 11:43.85 to give her fourth place.
Next up for VCU will be the Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, April 22-23, at George Mason University.