Simmons didn't throw his best in either event, but he said he was just pleased to help out his team as they competed for the title.
East Nashville field event specialist Jalena Curbeam had a similarly stellar start. The long jump specialist brought home 28 points with a first place finish in the long and triple jumps followed by a second place in the high jump.
The Eagles were well on their way to victory at that point.
That one centimeter made the difference for the Chattanooga native. He talked about his excitement with us afterwards.