Women's Cross Country

Stephanie Simms
Stephanie Simms


South Wilmington, Ill.

High School:
Gardner South Wilmington High School




Received All-Region Honors with her 13th place finish of 21:24 at the NCAA Midwest Regional . . . Earned All-Conference honors with her fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championships with 21:11.84 . . . Finished 37th overall and second for the Illini at the NCAA Championships with a new 6K personal best time of 20:31 . . . NCAA time also positioned her in the #4 spot in the record books for a 6K Illini Performance and the #2 spot for the fastest 6K time by a junior . . . Took seventh at the Notre Dame Invite with a personal 5K best of 17:07, shattering her previous mark by 52 seconds . . . Finished 14th at Pre-Nationals with 20:57.5.

Won the first race of her career, the Illini Pack-It-Up Challenge, with a time of 18:06 ... Was the Illini's fifth scorer at the regional meet, clocking a personal best 21:38 ... Set a personal best 5,000m time of 17:59.53 at the Saluki Invitational finishing fifth ... Ran a time of 22:40 for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships ... Competed in the NCAA Championships, posting a time of 22:24.

Was the team's fourth place finisher at the NCAA Regionals, clocking 22:22 while helping the Illini to a third place team finish ... Took sixth in her first collegiate race, navigating the 5K Missouri Cross Country Challenge in 18:44.73 ... Was the Illini's second scorer at the Spartan Open, running the 6K course in a season-best time of 22:02.0 ... Ran 19:10 at the 5K Pack-It-Up Illini Challenge ... Finished as the Illini's third scorer at the Big Ten Championships, completing the 6K course in 22:15.8.

High School:
Placed in the top five at the IHSA state cross country meet all four years of high school ...Place fifth in the IHSA track and field meet in the 1,600m in 2000, 3,200m in 2001 and 2002 ...Won IHSA state 3,200m title in 2003 and placed second in the 1,600m in 2003 ...Named All-State in cross country 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and track 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 ...Named All-Area cross country 1999-2002.

Full given name is Stephanie Marie Simms ...Parents are David and Kathy ...Born December 14, 1984.

Personal Bests:

Cross Country
5km: 17:07
6km: 20:51

5,000m: 16:38
1,500m: 4:28
Mile (Indoor): 4:48
3,000m (Indoor): 9:35