Position
Distance
Height
6'1
Class
Redshirt
Hometown
Houma, La.
High School
Vandebilt Catholic HS

Major: General Studies
Events: 1,500M (4:03.28), Mile, (4:21.10), 3,000M (8:29.24), Steeplechase (9:20.95), 5,000M (14:34.75), XC

CAREER
A distance runner who competed in five different events during his collegiate career from 2006-09 … Wrapped up his LSU career ranked No. 8 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the 5,000 meters with a top time of 14 minutes, 34.75 seconds … Made four career appearances in the steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Ran the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor meet in 2008 and 2009 … Also competed in the 10,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships as a sophomore in 2007 … Was a participant in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Indoor meet during his senior season in 2009.

2009
A standout distance runner who set four personal bests during his senior season … Recorded new PRs of 4:21.10 in the mile, 8:29.24 in the 3,000 meters and 14:34.75 in the 5,000 meters during the indoor season … Top time in the mile was set at the Tyson Invitational … Ran a personal best in the 3,000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational … Placed sixth with a personal-best performance in the 5,000 meters at the SEC/Big 12 Challenge … Competed in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships, finishing the race in 13th place with a time of 14:53.91 … Ran the steeplechase and 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Nearly scored at the SEC meet with a 10th-place finish in the steeplechase, running a time of 9:33.05 … Placed 16th in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a seasonal best of 14:42.99 … Won the steeplechase title at the LSU Tiger Relays with a seasonal best of 9:26.86 … Also competed in the 1,500 meters during the outdoor season … Set a new personal best of 4:03.28 in the 1,500 meters in a seventh-place finish at the Louisiana Classics.

2008
Competed primarily in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during his junior season … Placed 16th in the event at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a seasonal-best time of 9 minutes, 37.25 seconds … Finished runner-up in the steeplechase at the Tiger Invitational (9:55.81) … Was the fifth-place finisher in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold (9:56.67) … Also ran the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships, but did not finish the race … Ran the 1,500 meters at the Warhawk Classic during the outdoor season, crossing the finish line in 12th place with a time of 4:15.11 … Competed in a total of six meets for the Tigers during the 2008 season.

2007
One of the Tigers’ top distance performers during the outdoor season while competing primarily in the 3,000-meter steeplechase … Won the event title at the LSU Tiger Classic with a time of 9:47.09 … Took second in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold (9:21.59) and third at the LSU Tiger Relays (9:56.49) … His time at the LSU Alumni Gold was a seasonal best … Placed 13th in the steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships … Finished 15th at the Penn Relays … Ran the 3,000 meters at the Sun Angel Classic, placing seventh with a time of 8:34.71 … Lined up in the 5,000 meters at two meets … Crossed the finish line in 30:15.60 to take 23rd place at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Did not finish the race at the LSU Tiger Classic … Did not compete during the indoor season.

2006
Primarily ran the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters … Ran a personal best of 9:20.95 in the steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships … Won the steeplechase title at the Tiger Classic with a time of 9:33.94 … Ran a second personal best at the conference meet, clocking 14:41.04 in the 5,000 meters … Top time during the indoor season was 14:56.41 at the New Balance Invitational … Won the UNM Lobo Invitational in 15:11.86.

PRIOR TO LSU
Three-year letterwinner for coach Harvey Hamilton at Vandebilt Catholic High School … A two-time Louisiana state champion in the 3,200 meters, he also earned all-state honors in the 1,600 meters … Won two Louisiana state cross country titles … Came to LSU with personal-best times of 4:28 in the 1,600 meters and 9:18 in the 3,200 meters.

PERSONAL
Full name is Jacob Donovan Simmons … Born on Feb. 28, 1986 … Son of Gene and Ann Simmons … Father, Gene, played baseball and basketball at Nicholls State … Has two older brothers, Billy and David … Majored in general studies.

 

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