Eleanor Roosevelt All-Met Allen Simms has not practiced the long or triple jump since August.
But the senior showed little rust yesterday, shattering the meet record in the triple jump (50 feet) on his second attempt and winning the long jump on his final attempt by one-quarter of an inch at 22-11 at the Friends of Indoor Track Relays at George Mason University in Fairfax.
The meet features 50 of the top teams from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, although no team scores were kept.
"I was nervous today for some reason, especially in the long jump," said Simms, who has signed with George Mason. "I had to adjust and get into my style of jumping again."
The record in the triple jump was 48-1 1/2, set by Cleveland McClory of West Potomac in 1995. Simms won the event last year with a jump of 46-9 1/2.
"[The triple jump] felt really easy for some reason, maybe because I'm stronger and faster," Simms said. "The last one I scratched [by an inch] and that was the biggest one."
Simms was the national scholastic indoor champion last winter with a mark of 47-6 1/4. In outdoor track, he was the Penn Relays champion and won the T.C. Williams Invitational with a triple jump of 49-11.
"We are expecting big things from [Simms] this season," Eleanor Roosevelt jumping coach Larry Colbert Jr. said. "[50-0] is saying a lot about him this early in the season."
Parada's Smart Pick
Three years ago, when Anthony Parada enrolled at Broad Run, he wanted to play basketball in the winter. But after getting cut from the freshman team, he decided to focus on wrestling.
Last night, Parada, a junior, pinned Tristan Hembree of Potomac Falls in 24 seconds to capture the 112-pound title at the 22nd annual Terry McGowan Invitational at Park View High in Sterling.
Parada, who won the 103-pound title as a freshman and sophomore, was one of three Broad Run wrestlers crowned champion. Tyler Calderwood won the 119-pound title with an 8-4 decision over O'Connell's Dan Yates, and Brian Smith took the 135-pound title with an 11-4 decision over O'Connell's Keith Williams-Parker.
Other winners included Culpeper's Evan Bache (103) and Bryan Jenkins (189), Broadneck's Rick Boulay (125), Potomac Falls' Eric Bardey (130), O'Connell All-Met Reed Carpenter (140), Jefferson's John Goodsell (171) and Park View's Steve Turner (145), Phillip Bernier (152) and Wyatt Toregas (160).
Broadneck, which placed five wrestlers in the championship round, won the team title with 169 points. Potomac Falls was second with 158.5 points and Broad Run third (133.5), followed by O'Connell (125), Culpeper (113), Park View (82) and Thomas Jefferson (73).
"I never wrestled until I got to high school," said Parada, who improved to 8-1 this season. "I didn't even know what it was. I thought it was going to be like the [World Wrestling Federation]. I thought we were going to be bouncing off the ropes and throwing people around."
Despite his inexperience, Parada placed fourth in the Virginia AAA Liberty District and Northern Region his freshman season. He went 20-3 last season and was one of the area's top-ranked 103-pounders. But because of a knee injury, he did not compete in the district tournament. This season, he won the Big M Tournament at Magruder High and is one of the area's top-ranked 112-pounders.
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