Daniel Simmons Scores 5K National Record In 13:25.86

* American Fork's Daniel Simmons notched another national 5K record on Sunday at the Portland Track Festival

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One wasn't enough. 

On Sunday at Lincoln High School, American Fork's Daniel Simmons captured his second high school national record at the 5,000 meter distance, doing so at the Portland Track Festival in the men's professional heat in a time of 13:25.86.

That performance shattered the former mark of 13:34.86, which was set just last year by Newbury Park's Lex Young in 13:34.96

But Simmons didn't surprise anyone. 

The BYU signee and two-time Gatorade National Player of the Year in cross country registered an indoor national record in March at New Balance Nationals Indoor, clocking an blitzing 13:38.86, a time that put 18 seconds between the former mark indoors. 

Simmons, who was one of 10 athletes under 13:30, finished eighth in the Paul Banta Memorial race, a field which included On's Dylan Jacobs, HOKA Naz Elite's Wesley Kiptoo and UA Dark Sky's Benjamin Veatch. 

Jacobs won the overall field in 13:18.18, while Indian national Gulveer Singh was second in 13:18.92. Kiptoo was third in 13:21.77. 

Simmons split his first 3,000 meters in 8:09.34, while his final 400m was 57.66 seconds.

The American Fork senior finished off his regular season with two state titles at 1,600m and 3,200m with times of 4:01.27 and 8:36.79. In April, he posted the fifth-fastest 3,200m of all-time in 8:34.96.

Related Links: 

High School national all-time rankings in the outdoor 5K

High School national all-time rankings in the indoor 5K