Chynna Simmons might be the next great horizontal jumper to come out of Mountain Pointe.

Former Pride leapers Will Claye and Travonn White made recent new by winning big events, and now Simmons came home with gold as well.

Simmons, who will be a sophomore in the fall, was one of several local athletes who competed in the USTAF Junior Olympics Region 10 Championships in Colorado Springs.

Simmons competed in three events in the 15-16 age group and finished fifth in the long jump (16-feet and 5 inches).

She won the 400 hurdles in 1 minute and 5.24 seconds and took the triple jump title in 36-02.75 to beat her previous best mark of 35-01.

She moves on to Houston for the Junior Olympic Nationals, which is held in Houston July 21-27.

Other champions were Desert Vista graduate Makenzi Holmes-DiGiovine, who took the 17-18 hammer throw with a toss of 137-11, and Mountain Pointe senior Aaron Ramirez, who won the javelin throw in the 17-18 division with a throw of 169-10.

Three other competitors finished as runner-ups in Desert Vista’s Vanessa Davis (11-09.75 pole vault, 15-16), Mountain Pointe freshman Alex Ramirez (140-09 javelin, 11-12) and Jakob Alme (14-11 pole vault, 17-18).

If I missed anyone else from the Ahwatukee area please send info to jskoda@ahwatukee.com so I can update the story.

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