Kayla Parker hurdles into NCAA meet

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

 Her goal for the outdoor meet in Eugene is simple – reach the finals of the 100 hurdles.

“I want to be a first-team all-American,” Parker said, which would happen with a top-eight finish.

Beyond the NCAA meet, Parker is pointing to the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA later this summer.

She qualified and competed last year, reaching the hurdle semifinals.

The progress over her past two years mitigates two years of relative frustration upon her arrival at Lexington, progress she said is largely due to Coach Edrick Floreal.

Floreal arrived prior to Parker’s junior season and allowed her to run to her specialty, sprints and hurdles after competing in the heptathlon her first two years.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned over the past four years is everything is a process and you have to go through the process,” Parker said. “I would say a big difference this year is a good relationship with a coach who is very supportive.

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