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Lions open outdoor season this weekend
Nittany Lion women earn No. 20 preseason ranking; men begin season in 21st
Nittany Lions hold annual recognition ceremony to celebrate 2011-2012 campaign
Nittany Lions enjoy outstanding first two days at Olympic Trials
First session set to get underway on Thursday
On the National Stage ... || 2012 Cross Country || Had a breakout cross country season, finishing 71st overall and 51st in team scoring at the NCAA Championships ... Ran 20:35 for 6,000-meters at the NCAA meet ... Scored All-Region status thanks to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, helping the team to the program's first-ever regional team title. || 2012 Outdoor || Clocked a sizzling school-record 2:03.09 in the 800 at the American Milers' Series in Indianapolis to claim at spot at the US Olympic Trials ... Went on to place 27th at the Trials, as one of just six collegians in the field ... Earned Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, thanks to a 15th place finish in the 800 (2:05.13) ... Qualified for the NCAA First Round in both the 800 and 1500. || 2011 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA First Round in the 800-meters, finishing 32nd overall in 2:09.13.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2012 Cross Country || Placed fifth overall to capture All-Big Ten First Team honors ... Was the Lions' number one runner, helping the team to a third-place finish ... Clocked 20:26 for 6,000-meters. || 2012 Outdoor || Turned in a pair of scoring performances, led by a bronze-medal finish in the 800 (2:06.96) ... Was also a finalist in the 1500, placing eighth overall (4:22.35). || 2012 Indoor || Was a member of the Lions' third-place DMR, while also taking third individually in the 800 with a finishing time and indoor PR of 2:06.88. || 2011 Cross Country || Made her first conference appearance in cross country, finishing the 6K course in 22:11 for 79th place. || 2011 Outdoor || Scored a fifth-place finish in the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:09.01. || 2011 Indoor || Turned in a sixth-place finish in the 600-meters in her first Big Ten appearance, finishing in 1:34.42.
Around the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || Won the individual title at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals, earning Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts ... Placed fourth at Spiked Shoe, and 15th at the Greater Louisville Classic ... Took 34th overall in a national-class field at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational ... Clocked a season-best 20:20 for 6K at Wisconsin. || 2011 Cross Country || Competed in four events, placing eighth overall at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Placed 10th in the JV competition at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Also competed at the PSU National.
Around the Track ... || 2013 Seasons || Redshirted the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. || 2012 Outdoor || Placed fourth in the 800 at the LSU Invitational, thanks to a then-PR 2:05.40 ... Ran the 1200 leg on the Lions' school-record DMR at Penn Relays (11:08.41) ... Also competed in the mile at Penn, finishing in 4:40.75 ... Set a stadium record en route to a victory in the 1500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, running 4:20.11 ... Competed in the 1500 at the Mt. SAC Relays. || 2012 Indoor || Ran on the Lions' school-record DMR at the Penn State National, where the team combined to run 11:05.16 ... Was a member of the winning DMR at the Penn State Relays ... Placed third in the 1000 at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Finished seventh in the 800 at the PSU National. || 2011 Outdoor || Was a member of the Nittany Lions' school-record setting 4x800-meter relay, which clocked a new PSU-best 8:39.44 to place seventh in the "Championship of America" section ... Recorded an effort of 2:08.36 in the effort ... Ran a collegiate outdoor PR 2:08.55 to place second at the Jim Thorpe Open ... Won the 800 at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Clocked a lifetime-best 4:35.68 to finish second in the 1500-meters at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational. || 2011 Indoor || Placed third in the 600 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in a PR 1:31.35 ... 600 PR is the third-fastest performance in school history ... Ran an indoor PR 2:11.38 to place 10th in the 800 at the Penn State National ... Was a member of the winning 4x800 at the Penn State Relays.
Before Penn State ... ||High School || Ran a PR 2:09.04 to place fourth in the 800- meters at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals ... Won a total of 10 gold medals at the OHSAA Outdoor Championships throughout her career ... Won the 800 and placed second in the 1600-meters as a senior ... Took top honors in the 400-meters at the Ohio State Meet during sophomore and junior campaigns ... Holds state record in the 4x800-meters (9:13.89) ... Won the 1600-meters at the Ohio Indoor State Meet as a senior ... Placed 11th in the 800-meters at Nike Outdoor Nationals as a junior. || Personal || Daughter of Ken and Lisa Simko ... Birthday is August 31, 1991 ... Currently enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
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