Kayla Parker hoped to earn first-team All-American honors during the recent NCAA Track and Field Championships.
She fell just short and as a result finished as a second-team All-American for the second year in a row.
The University of Kentucky senior, and former Port St. Joe High School standout, needed to reach the final eight in the 100 meter hurdles during the NCAA meet, but for the second year in a row could not advance out of the semifinals.
Parker leaves UK with plenty of accolades.
She set a school record in the 100 hurdles which remains. She was three times, indoors and outdoors, named All-Southeastern Conference, in the hurdles and 4x100 relay, and ran the leading time in the nation, at the time, in the indoor 60 meter hurdles two straight years.
She was a member of the second and fourth fastest women’s 4x100 relay teams the university has produced.
A team captain since her junior year, as a senior Parker also helped the Lady Wildcats to their best-ever finish in the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Parker is currently competing at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA. She competed at the same event last summer.
Parker graduated in May with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.