Mustang’s Gabe Simonsen – Character Counts Presented by Excel Therapy

By Ryan Stone

The Mustang Character Counts honor is awarded to Gabe Simonsen a junior cross-country runner. Simonsen won the Class 6A State Champion during his sophomore season with a time of 16:22.

“It was a big goal that I was chasing for the whole year and a lot of hard work just paid off at the end of the season and it was a big accomplishment,” said Simonsen.

Despite winning State last season Simonsen still has big goals for him and his team this season.

“My main goals are to repeat as state champion and help our team win the state championship,” said Simonson, “I also want to run in some more Nike and Foot Locker regionals.”

Mustang Gabe Simonsen poses for a photo during the Fall high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

So far this season Simonsen has already won the Deer Creek meet and placed tenth at the Chili Pepper Festival invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In his junior season he’s also taken on more of a leadership role for Mustang.

“Just really trying to motivate my teammates everyday and just pushing them every day, trying my best to just lead and be there to help in any way that I can,” said Simonsen.

Outside of cross-country Simonsen also runs track at Mustang. He’s a standout in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. After high school he wants to run cross-country in college and go on to become an orthopedic doctor.