By Chris Villani
Milford’s Kiyanni Simas added more hardware to her trophy case, capturing the state championship in both the 55-meter dash and the long jump during last weekend’s Division II meet.
“It feels really good to win those titles,” Simas said. “I started to stress out a bit in the dash finals because Wellesley has some girls who are fast and they wanted to beat me. I just tried to run as fast as I could and get a good block start.”
The long jump was a bit less stressful for the junior. Simas was about a foot ahead of her closest competition at the end of the first attempt and it became a competition with herself to try to top 19-feet. Simas cleared 19-feet, one inch to set a new personal best and win her second indoor state championship and the fourth state title of her high school career.
Simas’ winter season will continue in the coming weeks with the all-state meet, the New England championship, and the Nike national meet. She is slated to compete in both the dash and the long jump in all three of those competitions.
“I feel like it’s been a pretty good season for me,” Simas said. “I have set personal bests in almost every meet and I keep getting better and better. I try to look at my mistakes from one meet and make sure I fix it before the next one.”
“Kiyanni has worked extremely hard this season and has pushed herself to a new level of excellence,” MHS head coach Dan Gordon said. “She is a competitor and thrives in high pressure situations.”
Gordon said he and the coaching staff are excited to see what Simas can achieve over the next year, with two more spring track seasons and another winter slate ahead of her.
“She is redefining what it means to be a Milford student athlete,” Gordon said.
Simas said she has thrived in the team environment of track and field, but enjoys being able to compete as an individual.
“We have a small team but we have done a lot better than I think we thought we were going to do,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive of each other; I love this team.”
Simas said she wants to compete in track and field in college, but has not decided where she will go after graduating in a little over a year. In the meantime, she is hoping to continue her improvement.
“I just want to get faster and just jump farther,” she said.
Caption: MHS’ Kiyanni Simas is at the top of the podium for 55-meter dash at the Division II state championships. (Contributed photo)