Parker shines at first indoor meet of season

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM.

LEXINGTON , Ky. — Port St. Joe alum Kayla Parker broke out in a big way in the first indoor meet of the University of Kentucky track and field season.

Parker won the 60-meter hurdles at the Hoosier Open at the University of Indiana on Friday with a time of 8.43 seconds, a Southeastern Conference best for the indoor season and Parker’s top performance in her three years in Kentucky .

“My time could have been better because I kind of stumbled at the start,” Parker, a junior in the midst of finals week said after a Monday morning practice. “I opened the year with a (personal best) and doing that in December, that is amazing.”

The time of 8.43 is the sixth-fastest ever run at Kentucky . Parker is less than two-tenths of a second off the school’s all-time mark.

Parker also competed in the 300 meters hurdles and finished ninth in a time of 41.75.

“That was the first time I’ve run the 300 meters and coach told me to do it to prepare for the 200” meters, Parker said.

Parker will concentrate on the 200, sprint hurdles and long jump during the indoor season, which lasts through February.

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