Parker shines at first indoor meet of season

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

During outdoor season, she will be focused on the sprint hurdles and long jump.

“I’m getting back to what I want to do and what I did in high school,” Parker said.

Thanks to a new coach, or as Parker put it, new management.

For the past two years, coaches had Parker competing in the heptathlon, a multi-specialty event analogous to the men’s decathlon.

The University of Kentucky had fielded standout multi-event athletes in the past and her coaches thought Parker was the proper fit.

Parker never quite found her groove in the heptathlon, she said.

“It wasn’t that much of a leap because I am an athlete and I love to compete, so I enjoyed it,” Parker said. “But it was just a whole lot of focus on a whole lot of things. I was a jack-of-all-trades in a way, instead of mastering one or two things. And it just didn’t work out.”

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