June 3, 2018
Daytona State Men's Cross Country signs 2 time Ironman finisher to inaugural squad
Daytona State Men's Cross Country coach, Judy Wilson, announced the signing of two-time Ironman triathlon finisher Tyler Simmons. Simmons is the son of Jecoa and Kelly Simmons from Port Orange, FL. He is a 2016 Spruce Creek High School graduate, where he lettered in track, cross country, and volleyball. He ran personal bests of 4:35.42 in the 1600 meters and 17:46 for the 5k cross country distance. After one season at Florida Southern, Simmons returned home to attend Daytona State College and is currently finishing his Associate of Arts degree. Over the past few years, his interest in triathlons has grown, having completed two full Ironman triathlons which involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 (marathon) run. He has also completed four half Ironman's, with a best time of 4:29.
Wilson stated, "I met Tyler at the ME Strong 5k race in DeLand in February after he won his age group with a 17:05 on little training. He understands that the focus will be shifted toward running more miles this summer and in the fall. It will be exciting to see how far he can go this fall by concentrating solely on running. Coach Wilson sees Simmons's experience with the triathlon event as a benefit to the team. "Tyler has the self-discipline when it comes to training, and is not averse to putting in the miles needed to compete at a high level in the NJCAA. I look forward to watching Tyler develop this season and am excited to be a part of his collegiate career."
The cross country program begins in August of 2018 for both men and women and both squads will compete against teams across all levels, from NCAA Division I, II, and III, and NAIA, as well as NJCAA schools.