‘Sit Down With Steve’ on Space Coast Daily TV Features Ole Miss Student-Athlete Kaira Simmons

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: In the latest edition of “Sit Down With Steve,” Steve Wilson talks with former Rockledge High School and current Ole Miss student-athlete Kaira Simmons, a multiple state champion in track and field at Rockledge. Simmons competed in the 2019 Division I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas last month.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In the latest edition of “Sit Down With Steve,” Steve Wilson talks with former Rockledge High School and current Ole Miss student-athlete Kaira Simmons, a multiple state champion in track and field at Rockledge.

Simmons competed in the 2019 Division I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas last month and her career stats at the University of Mississippi can be seen below.

2019 Outdoor (Junior)

Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar

2019 Indoor (Junior)

Jumped in five meets during the indoor season … Started off by finishing sixth in the long jump (5.46m, 17-11) and seventh in the triple jump (11.60m, 38-0.75) at the Blazer Invite … Followed this jump by finishing 16th in the triple jump (11.60m, 38-0.75) and 19th in the long jump (5.55m, 18-2.5) at the Vanderbilt Invite … Placed fourth in the long jump (5.87m, 19-3.25) and seventh in the triple jump (11.61m, 38-1.25) in the triple jump at the Indiana Relays … Came in second in the triple jump at the Don DeNoon Invite (11.18m, 36-8.25) … Concluded the season with 17th place finish in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships (5.51m, 18-1).

2018 Outdoor (Sophomore)

Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Honorable Mention
USATFCCA All-Academic Team
SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
Competed in six meets during the outdoor season … Started things off by placing fifth in the long jump (5.84m 19-2) and seventh in the triple jump (11.58m, 38-0) at the USC Power 5 Challenge … Won the long jump at the Ole Miss Classic with a personal-best 6.06m (19-10.75) the 15th best jump in school history … Placed 10th in the long jump at the Spec Towns Invite (5.39m, 17-8.25) … Finished second in the long jump (5.96m, 19-6.75) at the Joe Walker Invite … Placed sixth in the long jump (5.87m, 19-3.25) and 14th in the triple jump (11.67m, 38-3.5) at the War Eagle Invite … Ended the season with a 17th place finish in the long jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships (5.87m, 19-3.25).

In the latest edition of “Sit Down With Steve,” Steve Wilson talks with former Rockledge High School and current Ole Miss student-athlete Kaira Simmons, a multiple state champion in track and field at Rockledge. (Ole Miss image)

2018 Indoor (Sophomore)

Competed in six meets during the indoor season … Opened the season with a third-place finish in the long jump at 5.75m (18-10.50) … Placed fifth in the long jump (5.82m, 19-1.25) and 24th in the 200-meter (25.12) at the Vanderbilt Invite … Finished 10th in the long jump (5.88m, 19-3.50) and 35th in the 200-meter (25.02) at the Razorback Invite … Came in sixth in the long jump (5.96m, 19-6.75) and 38th in the 200-meter (25.05) at the New Mexico Classic … Placed seventh in the long jump at the Music City Challenge (5.73m, 18-9.75) … Ended the season by matching her season-best in the long jump (5.96m 19-6.75) in an 11th place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships.

2017 Outdoor (Freshman)
USATF Junior Championships Competitor (Long Jump, 8th)
USTFCCA All-Academic

Placed eighth in the long jump at the USATF Junior Championships (5.80m, 19-0.5) … Finished 19th in the long jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships (5.53m, 18-1.75) … Also competed in six meets during the regular season … Won the long jump at the Ole Miss Classic (5.86m, 19-2.75) … Finished ninth in long jump (5.86m, 19-2.75) and 16th in the 200-meter (24.33) at the War Eagle Invite … Placed 17th in the 200-meter (24.26) and 20th in the long jump (5.71m, 18-9) at the Beach Invitational … Placed eighth in the long jump (5.83m, 19-1.5) and 25th in the 200-meter (24.85) at the Tennessee Relays … Came in 10th in the long jump at the Florida Relays (5.75m, 18-10.5) … Opened the season in third in the long jump (5.76m, 18-10.75) and 10th in the triple jump (11.10m, 36-5) in the triple jump at the Joe Walker Invite.

2017 Indoor (Freshman)

Competed in six meets during the indoor season, all in the long jump … Ended the season with a 17th place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships at 5.91m (19-4.75) … Set a personal-best 6.27m (20-7) in a third-place finish at the Music City Challenge, which ranks third in school history … Placed third at the New Mexico Classic (6.27m, 19-11.75) … Finished 17th at the Razorback Invite (5.67m, 18-7.25) … Placed fourth at Rod McCravy Memorial (5.77m, 18-11.25) … Opened the season with a 20th place finish at the Vanderbilt Invite (5.51m, 18-1).

Rockledge High School

2015 State Champion in long jump … 2013 and 2014 state champion in 4x100m … 2015 state runner-up in 200m … Helped lead her team to a second-place finish in the state her senior season … Set three personal bests her senior season: long jump (20-2.25), triple jump (37-9), 200m (23.73).

Personal
Born March 22, 1998, to Carla and Anthony Simmons.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: STEVE WILSON

Jacquez-Lyons of Rockledge receives the Friday Night Locker Room - Space Coast Daily Player of the Game Award from Steve Wilson.

Jacquez-Lyons of Rockledge receives the Friday Night Locker Room – Space Coast Daily Player of the Game Award from Steve Wilson. (Space Coast Daily image)

Dedicated humanitarian and longtime sports broadcaster Steve Wilson recently retired from the City of Rockledge after 20 years of service to the City and its residents as Community Advocate and Assistant to the City Manager.

Also highly regarded in the community, in 2007, Steve garnered the Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School 2007 Outstanding Mentor Volunteer of the Year award and was also named the Rockledge Kiwanis Club’s Person of the Year.

But Wilson’s achievements stretched far beyond the City of Rockledge, and in October 2017, he was named as a recipient of the Space Coast Daily Humanitarian Award for his unyielding endeavors to lift the spirits of a young family friend battling cancer.

For the past 20 years, through the Friday Night Locker Room, Wilson and his longtime friend and colleague Orville Susong have broadcast play-by-play of hundreds of sporting events throughout Brevard County – and beyond.

In 2016, Wilson was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame for his longtime dedication to shining the spotlight on youth sports in Brevard County via the Friday Night Locker Room, East Central Florida’s oldest, most watched multimedia sports venue.

Through a partnership with Space Coast Daily TV, the duo can now be viewed promoting the talented youth that participates in local sports. The Friday Night Locker Room team has also dedicated themselves to promoting the many philanthropic causes on the Space Coast.

Wilson will continue to advocate for and raise awareness of worthy causes and promote the commendable accomplishments of other altruistic individuals throughout Brevard County and the Space Coast.

Regardless of the task at hand, Wilson and Susong has always strived and will continue to strive to go above and beyond what is required and exceed the expectations of all involved.

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