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Brooke Simon is ranked third heading into the NCAA Championships this week

Brooke Simon Wins USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Brooke Simon of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's track and field team earned the West Region Field Athlete of the Year Award from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced today.

In addition to Simon's award for the Athenas, Glenn Stewart earned the Coach of the Year honor for the Stags, and Lekeisha Moore earned the Assistant Coach of the Year for the men's region for her work the CMS sprinters. 

Simon earned the USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year honor for the second time this season, after also picking it up during indoor track and season back in March. She went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with an eighth-place finish. 

Simon heads into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships this week, hoping to duplicate that feat as well. She is currently seeded third in the nation in the pole vault, after becoming the first SCIAC pole vaulter to clear four meters at the league championships, and then adding on an extra inch to clear 4.03 meters at the Redlands Last Chance meet a week ago.

A year ago, Simon came in seventh place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, and she is hoping to move further up the podium and contend for the national title this week. 

For the Stags, Stewart led CMS to a SCIAC title by over 60 points, while Moore's work in coaching the sprinters was key to Christian Campbell setting new SCIAC records in the 100 meters and 200 meters, as well as league marks in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.