Simmons places 5th at Indoor Championships

Friday, March 11, 2016
by Logan Smoak | @LoSmoak2

IOWA- Junior Whitney Simmons had an outstanding indoor track and field season and finished it off placing fifth at the NCAA Indoor National Championships where she was the only athlete from UT Tyler to qualify.

Simmons, a now four-time All American for the Patriots has been a huge asset to the program since her freshman year and was once again able to place in the top nine at the Championship meet after advancing from the preliminary round. A year ago, Simmons finished as the National Runner-Up with a throw of 18.31 meters’ in Salem, North Carolina.

Simmons had a throw of 17.56 meters to clinch the fifth place spot. That was her first of six throws in the Finals and narrowly missed fourth place with Sam Anderson from Wisconsin Eau-Claire having a throw of 17.59 meters to inch ahead. Kim Gallavan, a senior from Baldwin Wallace took home first place with a throw of 19.10 meters that came in her third attempt in Finals competition.

"Her performance this year has been outstanding! I'm incredibly proud of what she did today," said Coach Chris Stonestreet. "She wanted more and that's one of her best qualities, the desire to be better all the time. I couldn't be more proud of her!"

Simmons threw her season best at the Lion Invitational at Missouri Southern earlier this year when she threw for 18.21 meters at her third meet of the year.

Simmons is just a junior so she will have another indoor season to compete in along with her outdoor seasons. She has made history and represented UT Tyler well throughout her career and we look forward to all that she has left to accomplish in her career as a Patriot.

"Her future is going to be special and it starts right now with outdoor season," said Coach Stonestreet. "Hammer throw is her better event and is what we spend the majority of our time training for. The fun starts now!"