Deana Simmons
Deana Simmons

Player Profile

Decatur, IL

High School:
MacArthur HS



2000 — Simmons only has indoor eligibility in 2001 … At the NCAA Outdoor in the triple jump she placed 16th (41-7), was third at the Pac-10 (42-10Gw) and was 12th (41-7I) at the NCAA Indoor … Her season-best 43-8H was No. 13 on the 2000 U. S. chart … Placed eighth (43-4H) at the U. S. Trials … No. 9 ranking in the U. S.

1999 — Although a nagging hamstring injury slowed Simmons, she still recorded a personal legal-best 43-8I (No. 2 in school history, No. 6 all-time Pac-10, No. 12 in the U. S.) in the triple jump … At the NCAA Outdoor, she placed 13th (42-8) and at the Pac-10, Simmons was second (41-11Hw) in the triple and fifth (19-3H) in the long jump.

1998 — Entered 1999 ranked No. 10 in the U. S. in the triple jump … Earned All-American triple jump honors twice in 1998 … At the NCAA Outdoor, she was fourth (43-4I) and at the indoor, Simmons placed sixth (43-7I) … Won the triple jump at the Pac-10, with a leap of 42-7 and also tied (with teammate Michelle Perry) for eighth in the long jump (18-7) … Placed 10th (41-0G) in the triple jump at the USA Outdoor … Season-bests in the long jump of 19-10G (outdoor/indoor) and then-personal-bests in the triple jump (43-7Ii, No. 12 in the U. S., 43-5G, then-No. 3 in UCLA history) … Athletic Director’s honor roll for spring quarter (3.00 gpa).

1997 — Outstanding true freshman campaign … In Junior competition, she won the gold medal at the U. S. meet in the triple jump, with a wind-aided 43-11I and at the Pan American meet in Havana, she again won the gold, with a then-personal-best 43-4H (No. 9 on the World Junior list, No. 11 in the U. S.) … At the NCAA Outdoor, she earned All-America honors by placing ninth (top eight Americans) in the triple (43-1Iw) and at the NCAA Indoor, she placed 14th … At the Pac-10, she was fourth in the long jump (19-9Hw) and second in the triple jump (42-3G) … Season best 19-10G in the long jump … Also in the triple jump, she recorded a 44-1G (nwi) in the Bruins’ win at USC … On the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall quarter.

High School — Multi-talented athlete at Douglas MacArthur HS, four-year letterwinner in track and basketball … Earned All-America honors in the triple jump, with a prep personal best 41-7 (No. 6 prep mark in the nation) … Her personal prep best long jump of 19-11I was also No. 6 … Ran a 56.99 400m, 14.2 100m high hurdles and 43.01 300m hurdles … In the summer of ‘96, Simmons won the triple jump at the Junior Pan American meet in Chile … As a junior, she was rated No. 25 (42-3G, No. 2 HS) in the U.S. in the triple jump … Won 15 medals at the Illinois State meet during her prep career … Two-time (1995 and ’94) Junior Olympic triple jump champion.

Personal — Physiologicial sciences major … Desires to become a family practice physician … First name pronounced Dee-na … Born Oct. 22, 1978.