Courtney Kirkwood Simmons
Cougar junior earns third All-America certificate.
Chanel James, Cindy Robinson, Candii McFarland and Shawna Fermin run third-best time in WSU history.
Stephan Scott-Ellis, Anna Adamko and Courtney Kirkwood Simmons advance to Final Championships.
Cougars in LA for two-day meet.
WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2010-11): Outdoor - Opened the season with a PR javelin throw of 52.94m/173-8 at Trojan Invitational (3/19/11, Los Angeles)...mark was a three-foot improvement on PR and second-best distance thrown in school history, only behind teammate Marissa Tschida...took third place in javelin at Pac-10 Championships with toss of 50.79m/166-8...placed 10th at NCAA West Preliminary round with throw of 49.52m/162-6, qualified for national meet...took ninth place at the NCAA Championships with best toss of 48.78m/160-0...repeated as All-American.
SOPHOMORE (2009-10): Outdoor - Heaved javelin season-best distance of 51.42m/168-8 at Mt. SAC Relays...finished fourth at Pac-10 Championships ( 47.09m/154-6)...placed seventh in the javelin at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds with a toss of 50.18m/164-7 (Austin)...advanced to NCAA Championships and placed 11th with throw of 48.24m/158-3...named All-American.
FRESHMAN (2009): Indoor - Began season as a combined-events competitor...scored 3,278 points for ninth place in pentathlon at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships (2/28/09, Seattle)...Outdoor - Concentrated on javelin this season...threw a PR, NCAA Regional Qualifying mark and WSU Freshman school record of 52.01m/170-8 at the Duane Hartman Invite (4/25/09, Spokane)...finished seventh at Pac-10 Championships with javelin toss of 44.97m/147-6...was 17th at NCAA West Regional meet with mark of 41.77m/137-0...at USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships took third place with javelin throw of 44.74m/146-9 (6/28/09, Eugene)...invited to join US Junior team after one of the top two placers could not compete further...threw 41.64m/136-7 for seventh place at 2009 Pan American Athletics Championship (8/3/09, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago).
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned six varsity letters at Othello High...three in soccer as a forward for coach Sara Vasquez...three letters in basketball as a guard/post for coach Doug Boyer...three in track for coach Mandi Perez...named Tri-City Herald Athlete of the Week numerous times and Seattle Times Athlete of the Week...on soccer field named Central Washington Athletic Conference first team and all-state second team as sophomore...first team all-area for soccer as junior...in basketball named to CWAC first team as sophomore and junior...during track and field career, as a freshman finished second in javelin (132-9) and sixth in 100m hurdles at state 2A championships...at state meet sophomore year won javelin, took fourth in 100m hurdles and long jump, fifth in 4x200m relay...junior year repeated as state 2A javelin champ with PR throw earlier in season of 160-10 1/2 and added long jump title...also finished fourth in 100m hurdles..2007 Brooks Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions javelin runner-up...senior year three-peats as state 2A javelin champion and added 100m hurdles title in PR time of 14.79...also finished fourth in long jump...threw javelin 154-10 to break national heptathlon record and was the eighth-best nationally in 2008...won the Washington State heptathlon with 4,480 points which ranked 14th-best nationally for prep girls...named CWAC Female Field Athlete of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008...selected Tri-City Herald all-area track MVP for 2007 and all-area throws for 2008...tabbed Washington Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year for 2007 and 2008...selected as a Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in June 30, 2008 issue.
PERSONAL. Born in May 1990 in Moses Lake, Washington...father Donald is a manager in sales...mother Angela works in billing and accounting...older brothers Greg and Geoff...older sisters Cody (Parrish) and Caitlin...younger sister Christine is a freshman on the Cougar track team in 2012...dad, Cody and Geoff all graduated from WSU...was ASB secretary and in Internet and Book Clubs in high school...member of National Honor Society...married Aaron Simmons in June 2011...majoring in general social sciences.
KIRKWOOD SIMMON'S WSU BESTS Javelin - 52.94m/ 173-8 (2011)
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