Rachel Simmons

Rachel  Simmons


Rocklin, Calif.

High School:


Pole Vault

SOPHOMORE (2009): All-conference honoree...placed third at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships with a clearance of 12'9½"...that mark was tied for the second-best clearance on the team...cleared a season-best 12'3½" at the Willie Williams Classic to open the outdoor season...ranked second on the team during the outdoor season.

FRESHMAN (2008): Named the team's Newcomer of the Year...posted the second-best pole vault clearances in Academy history during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...NCAA Regional Qualifier...cleared career-best height of 12'10¼" at the Air Force Invitational...that is the second-highest clearance in Academy history and a new Freshman Class record...became one of just four females in Academy history to clear the 12-foot plateau...cleared 12'7½" at the Arizona State Invitational to move into second in the outdoor record book...that regional qualifying clearance occurred during the second meet of the outdoor season...earned the team's Field Athlete of the Week award once during the indoor season...also named the team's Newcomer of the Week.

HIGH SCHOOL: Competed in the pole vault at the California state championships all four years...finished third in the state as a junior with a jump of 12'9"...won two CIF-San Joaquin section titles...set a personal-best 12'10 at the state meet during senior season to finish fifth...also finished fifth in the pole vault at the 2007 Golden West Invitational.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Craig and Carol Simmons...nickname is "Rip"...has four younger siblings, Rob, Cale, Olivia and Isabel...Rob and Cale are current freshmen on the Falcons' pole vault team...planning on earning a double major in military strategic studies and humanities...future plans include becoming a "full-bird colonel and Arabic translator"...serves as a "human alarm clock" at the Academy...avid Rubix Cube enthusiast and fan of Discovery Channel...hobbies include skiing, cloud watching and training her cat.

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