Kayla Parker hurdles into NCAA meet


Former Port St. Joe standout Kayla Parker is hoping to earn all-America honors during next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 08:55 AM.

Kayla Parker is nearing the finish line to her collegiate track career.

And she is positioned in an inside lane.

The Port St. Joe alum and University of Kentucky hurdler qualified last week for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, which begin next week in Eugene, Ore.

“I am very happy, very excited,” Parker said. “The track at Eugene (named after famed middle-distance runner Steve Prefontaine) is where some of the best athletes in the world have run. It is an honor to run there.

“It has been a very good year.”

In fact, if Parker was conceiving a sendoff to her collegiate career –she graduated May 10 with a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology – she would be hard-pressed to alter the script she’s written.

During the indoor season she was all-Southeastern Conference after finishing third at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 60 meter hurdles.

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