Event: 400M (IN: 46.22; OUT: 45.84)
A standout 400-meter sprinter during his four-year career at LSU from 2009-12 ... Claimed six All-America and four All-SEC honors during his collegiate career ... Opened his career as the SEC Indoor champion and an NCAA Indoor All-American in the 400-meter dash as a freshman in 2009 ... Earned a career-best fourth-place finish nationally at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships ... Indoor PR of 46.22 ranks No. 8 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the event ... Recorded a lifetime PR of 45.84 outdoors during his freshman season in 2009 ... Was a five-time All-American and three-time All-SEC performer as a member of LSU's vaunted 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran on relay teams that ranked No. 2 at 3:01.07, No. 3 at 3:01.21 and No. 7 at 3:01.97 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list at the end of his career ... Also ran on relay teams that ranked No. 8 at 3:05.41, No. 9 at 3:05.61 and No. 10 at 3:05.65 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list at the end of his collegiate career at LSU.
Earned All-SEC and All-America honors as a member of LSU's 4x400-meter relay in his final outdoor season with the Tigers ... Ran the leadoff leg on the team that claimed the NCAA Outdoor bronze medal with a third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... Teamed with Quincy Downing, Ade Alleyne-Forte and Riker Hylton to run the third-fastest time in school history at 3 minutes, 1.21 seconds to take third place in the national final ... Also ran the second leg on the team that posted the seventh-fastest time in team history at 3:01.97 for second place in the national semifinal ... Ran a 45.49-second split on the second leg of the team that posted a 3:03.20 for the fastest time of the national quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Earned All-SEC honors as a member of LSU's mile relay team while running the second leg on the foursome that posted the time of 3:03.80 for second place in the final at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... A member of LSU's 4x400 relays that won the event title at the Texas Relays (3:04.54) and Penn Relays (3:04.47) during the outdoor season ... An SEC finalist and NCAA qualifier in the 400-meter dash in his final season with the Tigers ... Scored three points for the team with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Crossed the finish line in 46.72 seconds in the conference final at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Ran a seasonal-best of 45.99 for sixth place in the preliminary round to earn a lane in the SEC final ... Clocked 46.65 in the prelims and 46.05 in the quarterfinal to advance to the national semifinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Finished in 19th place in the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 46.41 at Drake Stadium ... Won the 400-meter crown at the Louisiana Classics after running 47.01 in his outdoor opener ... Set an indoor seasonal-best of 46.99 in the 400 meters to qualify for the final at the SEC Indoor Championships with the seventh-fastest time of the qualifying round ... Forced to withdraw from the SEC final due to an injury ... Finished the event in fourth place at the Texas A&M Dual Meet with a time of 47.31 ... Clocked 47.77 for 12th place at the Razorback Invitational ... Led off LSU's 4x400-meter relay team that ran 3:05.41 to win the event at the Tyson Invitational with the eighth-fastest time indoors in school history ... That seasonal-best performance eclipsed the NCAA qualifying standard in the 4x400 relay.
Picked up two more All-America honors during his junior season in 2011 as a member of LSU's mile relay team ... Led off LSU's 4x400-meter relay team that finished as the NCAA runner-up while running the second-fastest time in school history at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa ... Ran a 46.46-second split on the leadoff leg as he teamed with Ade Alleyne-Forte (45.21), Caleb Williams (44.53) and Riker Hylton (44.88) to take second place in the national final with a time of 3 minutes, 1.07 seconds ... That relay effort ranks behind only LSU's collegiate-record time of 2:59.59 set at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the school's all-time performance list in the 4x400-meter relay ... Ran the leadoff leg on the foursome that earned its spot in the national semifinals with a runner-up finish in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (3:03.95) ... Advanced to the finals in Des Moines after leading off the team that clocked 3:04.38 in the national semifinals ... Also led off LSU's 4x400 relay that finished in second place at the Penn Relays (3:02.33) and third place at the Texas Relays (3:02.23) in 2011 ... Was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter dash during the 2011 outdoor season ... Finished in 18th place in the quarterfinals after clocking his time of 47.11 seconds at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Placed 11th in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships (47.14) ... Clocked his outdoor seasonal-best time of 46.86 in a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold ... Earned All-America honors during the indoor season after running a 46.39-second split on the third leg of LSU's 4x400-meter relay that took eighth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas ... The team ran a time of 3:08.01 in the national final at the NCAA Indoor meet ... Nearly earned all-conference honors indoors as the third leg on the mile relay team that took third place at the SEC Indoor Championships the No. 9-ranked effort in school history at 3:05.61 ... Qualified for the 400-meter final at the SEC Indoor meet while running a 2011 indoor seasonal best of 46.54 to take ninth place overall in the conference final.
Earned his third career All-America and All-SEC honors during the indoor season as a member of LSU's 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran the second leg on the relay team that finished in third place with an indoor seasonal-best time of 3:05.65 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... Also ran the second leg on the Tigers' mile relay that earned an All-SEC runner-up finish at the SEC Indoor Championships (3:06.11) ... Added two more points for the Tigers at the SEC Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash ... Set an indoor seasonal-best time of 46.76 in the conference final ... Reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 400 meters during the indoor season ... Also clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.12 during the preliminary round at the SEC Indoor meet ... Competed in the 400 meters outdoors at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. ... Finished in 16th place overall in the NCAA prelims with a time of 46.32 in the national quarterfinal ... Recorded an outdoor seasonal best of 46.19 in the first round of qualifying in Greensboro ... Finished in 13th place in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships (47.40) ... Ran the leadoff leg on LSU's 4x400-meter relay team that advanced to the national semifinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Helped the team to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA quarterfinals with a seasonal-best time of 3:04.10 ... Ran the 400-meter leg of LSU's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team that set a new school record with a win at the Texas Relays, clocking a time of 3:16.01 ... Combined with Caleb Williams (200 meters), Gabriel Mvumvure (200 meters) and Richard Jones (800 meters) to set a new school record in the event.
Proved to be one of the top 400-meter runners in the country during his true freshman season ... Earned his first career individual All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the event at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas ... Crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 46.28 in the national final ... Qualified for the final with the fastest preliminary time of 46.63 at the NCAA Indoor meet ... Also earned All-America honors during the indoor season as a member of LSU's 4x400-meter relay team ... Anchored the team to a sixth-place finish at the national meet with an indoor seasonal-best time of 3:08.47 ... Was crowned SEC champion in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season with an indoor personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 46.22 in the conference final ... Broke the 47-second barrier indoors for the first time at the Tyson Invitational where he finished in third place with a time of 46.55 ... Finished the 2009 indoor season ranked No. 7 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the 400 meters ... Was also an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400 meters during the outdoor season ... Set a new overall personal best of 45.84 in the national semifinal to qualify for the NCAA final in his first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Did not finish the race in the NCAA final after pulling up on the backstretch with a leg injury ... Qualified automatically for the national meet with a fifth-place finish in the open quarter at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, clocking a time of 46.01 in the regional final ... Also earned a fifth-place finish in the event at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Clocked 46.08 in the final at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Earned all-conference honors while running the leadoff leg on the Tigers' 4x400-meter relay team that took second place at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Led off the foursome that ran 3:04.75 at the SEC meet ... Also led off the relay that finished in fifth place at the regional meet with a time of 3:06.79.
PRIOR TO LSU
Signed with LSU as one of the premier 400-meter recruits in the world for the Class of 2008 ... Burst onto the international scene at the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil ... Ran a personal best and the fourth-fastest time in the nation by a high school boy with a time of 46.40 in the semifinal round ... His time also ranked No. 1 in the United States by a member of the Class of 2008 ... It was also ranked No. 20 in the world by an athlete under the age of 20 ... Went on to finish fourth in the 400 meters at the Pan Am Juniors with a time of 46.46 in the final ... Did not come home from the Pan Am Juniors empty-handed as he ran the leadoff leg on the foursome that won silver in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:06.15 ... Has also competed in numerous national competitions, including the 2007 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships where he won silver in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 21.11 and bronze in the 400 meters with a time of 47.28 ... Won two gold medals at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals as a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays for Team Texas ... Was named to the 2007 Boys All-USA Track and Field Team by USA Today for his performance ... Followed the success of his junior season by winning a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 2008 National Scholastic Indoor Championships, clocking an indoor personal best of 47.80 at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York ... Is no stranger to team success after leading Fort Bend Hightower to the University Interscholastic League Class 5A state championship in 2007.
Full name is Robert Rapheal Simmons ... Born on July 18, 1989 ... Parents are John and Jacquiline Mamon ... Has one sister, Racheal, and two brothers, Rodrick and Rondell ... Majoring in general studies.