5/22-Simkins will miss chance to defend 2003 State title in the 200 Don Rich May 22, 2004

Krista Simkins, the junior Wissahickon sprint star, apparently reinjured her right hamstring during the week leading up to the 5/21-22 District One Championships @ Coatesville. In the 'no scratch' meet, she advanced from Friday's trials in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400. In her first race Saturday, the 100 Semis, she was noticbly limping as she finished, but advanced to the finals. Simkins did run the 100 finals, and finished sixth with a state qualifying time. She was set to anchor the 4x100, but a baton drop cost the team a shot to improve on last year's runner-up at States to Upper Darby. She scratched the 200 finals - the event she won in 2003 at States over Tiffany Abney. She did not run on the 4x400 relay that did advance to the state meet. Wissahickon finished 2nd in that event in 2003 to the Abney-anchored Merion Mercy Academy squad. If she improves before next week's state meet, should could run the 4x400 in addition to the 100.