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 | Allison Munden

Tampa Catholic Sophomore J'Nia Simpson Clinches Double State Titles at FHSAA State Championships in Shot Put and Discus

TAMPA, FL - Tampa Catholic High School is proud to announce that sophomore, J'Nia Simpson has won the prestigious FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) state championship for both the shot up and discus events in Track and Field. J'Nia won discus with a throw of 143-3 and won shot put with a throw of 42-3.5. This comes just one year after she won the same State title for the shot event as only a freshman.

J’Nia is coached by Tia Peoples, a former Track and Field powerhouse at the University of South Florida, who says, “What she did last year was serious but to bring in 2 state titles individually on her own in one day is a massive task to take down. She's worked extremely hard over the last 6 years and is now bringing in state titles back to back and I'm sure over the next two years even more. I take a lot of pride in the work I do with her. She definitely deserves the success she is achieving.”

J’Nia’s success in track and field has made her a 19-time National Champion, 20-time All-American and the current record holder in shot put and discus for all Florida Middle Schools. Last June, she won the shot put event at the New Balance Outdoor Championships in Philadelphia. Additionally, she was awarded the Joel Ferrell Award at the 2023 AAU Junior Olympic Games. This recognition is compared to an MVP award that she won over 11,000 athletes that competed.

About Tampa Catholic High School

Tampa Catholic High School is a leader in the education of boys and girls in the Blessed Edmund Rice tradition. We are a Catholic high school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg dedicated to providing our students with “Veritas et Caritas” (truth and charity) through educational excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Tampa Catholic has more than 740 students enrolled in its college preparatory curriculum and 100% of its graduates continue their education at a college or university. The school now has more than 10,000 alumni who proudly live the school’s ideal of Faith, Excellence & Family in Tampa and throughout the world.