Simmons sets PR at 19.10; Wins Boston University meet

Friday, January 27, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

BOSTON – UT Tyler’s Whitney Simmons unleashed the best Weight Throw of her career and the ninth farthest in NCAA Division III history with a distance of 19.10 meters to win the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Friday.

A senior from White Oak, Simmons has started the Indoor season with wins at the University of Houston, Missouri Southern State University and now at Boston University where she broke her own program record of 18.89 meters last weekend in Joplin, Missouri.

“One-Nine, 19. That’s amazing,” Simmons said. “I’ve been waiting to hear that number for two years and I feel like everything I went through last year until now has all been so worth it. I’ve been waiting for this day for so long and I know it’s just the beginning. I’m ready for nationals.”

Her distance of 19.10 meters matched that of Kim Gallavan who won the NCAA DIII Weight Throw National Championship last season for Baldwin-Wallace. The top throw in DIII history is 20.98 meters by Robyn Jarocki of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2006. Simmons finished fifth at last year’s NCAA DIII Indoor Championship and was the 2014 NCAA DIII National Runner-up in the Weight Throw to earn two All-America honors coming into her senior season.

Simmons started this season with a throw of 18.19 meters in Houston to win the event and set the 2017 season’s bar. She broke that mark last week in Missouri to earn earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week honors before passing the 19-meter mark for the first time in Boston.

She will take a break from competition next week before returning to throw at the Indoor Track & Field Classic in the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The NCAA DIII National Indoor Championship will take place March 10-11 in Naperville, Illinois.