UNLV: Selected Academic All-Mountain West Conference once ... Transferred to UNLV after running two years at Cerritos College (Norwalk, Calif.) for both the cross country and track and field teams.
2009: Ran in three meets ... Best 5k time was 19:04.30 at the UC Riverside Invitational (Sept. 19 - Riverside, Calif.) ... Best 6k time was 23:29 at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 26 - Palo Alto, Calif.).
Cerritos Track and Field: Helped the team win consecutive championships on the state (California Community College Athletic Association), regional (Southern California) and conference (South Coast) levels in 2008 and `09 ... In 2008, won the conference title in the 10,000 meters (40:04.51) and placed second in the 5000 meters (19:07) ... Finished third at the state championships in the 10,000 meters (40:18.77) and fourth (39:52.04) in the same distance at the Southern California ... In 2009, placed fourth in the 10,000 meters (42:00.85) at the conference championships.
Cerritos Cross Country: Helped the team to a South Coast Conference championship in 2008, a year after finishing second in 2007 ... Team also placed fourth (2007) and fifth (2008) in the state championships and fifth (2007) and sixth (2008) in the Southern California Championships ... In 2007, finished 34th (19:40) at the state championships, 14th (19:24) at the Southern California Championships and fourth (19:24) at the conference championships ... In 2008, finished 26th (19:02.26) at the state championships, 17th (18:39.57) at the Southern California Championships and third (19:13) at the conference championships.
High School: A 2007 graduate of Fountain Valley HS in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... Lettered three four times in track and field, three times in cross country and twice in basketball ... Helped the cross country squad win the CIF championship during junior season and the Sunset League championship three times ... Ran a personal-best time of 18:08 in the three mile for cross country ... Was a member of a team that finished 11th nationally at the 2004 Nike Team Nationals ... Earned three Coaches Awards ... Advanced to the state championships on the track team during senior season.
Personal: Shannon Marie Simpson was born on Oct. 19, 1988, in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... The daughter of Maureen and Don Simpson ... Has two brothers, Ryan and Sean ... Majoring in kinesiology.