Allen Simms Wins NCAA Indoor Triple Jump Title
March 15, 2003
Fayetteville, Ark. - Sophomore Allen Simms jumped a personal-best 56-7 1/2 on Saturday to win the triple jump title at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Arkansas' Randall Tyson Track Center.
It's the 108th NCAA individual title for USC men's track and field and 126th overall for the men's and women's programs. Simms is the first Trojan since Luther Hayes in 1961 to win an NCAA triple jump title.
Simms hit the winning mark---the fourth-best jump in the world this year--on his fifth jump to beat out Aarik Wilson of Indiana, who jumped 55-9. Simms' previous best was 55-5.
It's the fourth-career All-American honor for Simms, who transferred to USC from George Mason last fall. Simms was fourth in the triple jump at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and fourth in the triple at the 2001 Indoor NCAA meet. Simms is also an accomplished long jumper with a nation-leading 26-3 3/4 outdoors this year.
Fellow Trojan Julien Kapek, a senior, jumped 53-11 3/4 to take fourth place. Kapek is also an All-American outdoors after placing third at the NCAAs last season. USC now has placed a competitor in the finals of the NCAA triple jump 13 times.
USC picked up 15 team points in the event to finish 14th. Kapek and Simms were the only competitors at the meet for the Trojans.