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Savannah Simms signs for Rice

Savannah Simms Sets New Academy Records

Track and field athlete Savannah Simms ’21 became triple jump state champion and set new records this spring, including fastest time in the state in all classifications in the 300 meter hurdles. War Eagle Watch talked with Savannah about her experiences at Woodward and plans for the future.

Q: What grade were you in when you enrolled at WA, and how did you get started in track and field?

I started attending Woodward in seventh grade at the beginning of the new year. I remember the principal came up to me because I was new and asked me to try out for the track team. At the time, I had never played a sport in my life, so I was excited to try out anything new. I think I have been a part of the Woodward track team for five or six seasons.

Q: Congratulations on setting new records this season. How did you prepare for that and how did it feel?

Coming off of quarantine and losing my junior year was hard on me. It was the idea of starting all over again that I hated, but I was not the only one. My goal this season was to be the triple jump state champion, which I achieved. The hurdles were a plus. I remember feeling conditioned when fatigue was not on my mind, and I remember waking up that morning confident. I told everyone, ‘I am about to run the fastest I can.’ There was no plan in my head except to run, and thankfully that helped me achieve a new record and the fastest time in the state. 

Q: Where are you going to college and what do you plan to study? Will you pursue track in college?

I am going to Rice University, and I will be majoring in history. I have committed to the track and field team. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be on the team.

Q: What will you miss most about Woodward?

I will miss the familiar faces, and the second home that I have created with Woodward during these last six years. 

Q: Are their teachers/coaches/classmates/teammates who were big influences on you?

Of course, I have to thank all my amazing coaches, Coach Kim Lawrence, Coach Ryan Davis, Coach Tim Hamling, and Coach Tad Sahara. These coaches made me able to achieve the level of athletics and confidence I have in myself. There were also teachers who inspired me and helped me grow, including Coach Scott Crook, Ms. Swannee Park, and many more.