Kayla Parker hurdles into NCAA meet

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

That earned a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she finished 12th, just off the pace for all-American honors.

“That was my first trip to the indoor meet and that was really a great experience,” Parker said by phone from her apartment in Lexington.  “You have to be in the top 16 in the nation to qualify for indoors. I also got my first NCAA indoor medal and that was great.

“This year has been an amazing transition and I really feel good about how things are progressing. It gives me confidence that there is so much more to come.”

She was all-SEC in the 4x100 relay during the outdoor season while also competing in the 100 meter hurdles.

Her trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, earned by placing third in the 100 hurdles at last weekend’s East Qualifier, is the second-straight for Parker, who finished 13th last year.

That momentum fueled her indoor season this winter, which included posting early in the season, for the second consecutive year, the top 80 meter hurdle time in the country.

Parker has also seen her times drop consistently – she ran in the 13.20s to qualify for last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships but last weekend ran 13.05.

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