John Simons
John Simons


Hartland, Wis.

High School:
Arrowhead HS




Gophers Open U.S. Championships

The Gophers feature three runners at the 2014 USATF Championships in Calif.


Simons, Mead, Abda Set for U.S. Championships

The trio of Gophers will compete this week at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium.


Gophers Celebrate Five All-Americans

Minnesota totaled 13.50 team points at the national championships to finish 17th - the program's best finish at the meet since 2004.


Simons Finishes Seventh in 1,500

All five Gophers that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships earned All-America honors.


Ellenson Second, Howard Ninth at NCAAs

Minnesota closes out the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday with John Simons competing in the men's 1,500 meter finals.

2013 Season- Indoor: Ran the mile at the Alex Wilson Invite finishing third with a time of 3:59.32• Took fifth at the NCAA Championships finishing with a time of 3:59.71• finished first at the Jack Johnson Classic (4:08.74)• Finished seventh at Big Ten Championships in the 3,000 meters• took first at Bill Bergan Invitational. Outdoor: Ran prelims at the Stanford Payton Jordan finishing the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:49.65• took 10th at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14.28.08• finished 11th at the NCAA Regionals/Semis in hte 1.500 meters with a time of 3:45.54• took second at the John McDonnell Invitational• Earned Second Team All-America honors.

2012 Season - Indoor: Ran a time of 8:20.30 in the 3,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships (16th) • finished in 8:03.06 at the Husky Classic, setting the fifth-fastest time in school history • finished third in the mile run at the Holiday Inn Invitational with a time of 4:12.58 • finished fifth at the Bill Bergan Invite in the 3,000 meters (8:09.33). Outdoor: Finished 15th in the 5,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 14:36.64 • posted a time of 14:11.64 in the 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays • anchored the 4x1,600-meter relay team that finished third at the Drake Relays with a time of 16:50.07.

2011 Season: Redshirted the Indoor and Outdoor seasons.

At Milwaukee: Milwaukee's top runner in five of six meets • placed 62nd (32:40.78) at NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships • earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors by placing ninth in League Championships • 2009 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year • set the school record in outdoor 5,000 meters (14:32.82) during the track season • the Horizon League 5,000m runner-up at the indoor meet, third outdoor.

High School:
A 2009 graduate of Arrowhead High School • high school coaches were Mike Mulrooney and Mike Ray • named Classic-8 Boys Track Athlete of the Year • a state qualifier in both track and cross country • as a senior, placed 20th at the state cross country meet • ran with the state runner-up 4x800m relay at the track meet • also competed in the 1600m, taking fifth, and the 3200m, taking sixth.

Personal: Born November 12, 1990 • intends to major in business • son of Nancy Rajek and Joseph Simons • has younger siblings Anna and Joseph • high school teammate of Mike and Joe McFarland • enjoys badminton, music, and watching TV.


Minnesota Mourns Loss of "Lefty" Wright


The University of Minnesota mourns the loss of long-time cross country and track & field official Ralph Eugene "Lefty" Wright.

Gophers at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair


Meet your favorite Gopher student-athletes and coaches at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Mead Makes International Debut in Beijing


Hassan Mead finished 15th in the 10,000 meters at the IAAF World Championships this weekend.

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