Men’s Track Team Signs Nation’s Top Triple Jumper
Posted: August 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Allen Simms, the nation’s leading high school triple jumper, has signed a national letter of intent to attend George Mason. His performance of 52 feet, 10.5 inches at the Golden West Invitational earlier this year was the top mark in the triple jump by a high school athlete during the 2000 outdoor season. It was the fourth best jump in the history of the meet and the 11th best jump in high school history.
Simms, a 2000 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., will compete in the triple jump, long jump, and 4×100-meter relay for the Patriots.
“We’re very excited about Allen choosing George Mason,” says head men’s track and field coach Dalton Ebanks. “I think this is the best talent we’ve brought in since I’ve been head coach.”
During his senior season, Simms set seven meet records in the triple and long jumps. Last April he earned the most outstanding individual athlete award for a high school performer at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., after winning the triple jump for the second consecutive year. Additionally, he continued his dominance in both the triple and long jump in the Maryland State Championships, winning both events as a junior and senior.
Simms trains with the Glenarden Track Club in the summer, and continues a steady schedule of competition. Last summer he represented the United States at the World Youth Games in Poland, and has qualified for this year’s team, which will compete in Chile. At June’s U.S. Junior National Meet in Denton, Tex., Simms was second in the triple jump, while earlier this summer he won both the triple and long jumps at the Junior Olympics in Buffalo, N.Y.