Parker shines at first indoor meet of season

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

A conversation last summer with new Kentucky track and field Coach Edrick Floreal put all that aside. Floreal arrived via Stanford University .

He coached hurdlers and multi-event athletes for the United States in the most recent Olympics and is a former Olympic athlete who represented Canada . Floreal also coached his wife, a hurdler, into the Olympics.

“He is very inspirational,” Parker said. “He has competed in the Olympics. He knows what he is talking about. When he tells you to do something, you do it.”

That initial conversation with Floreal involved Parker’s future in the program. Floreal no longer wanted her in the heptathlon.

“He stated that he wanted me to focus on the hurdles and long jump because he thought those were events I would score points in the SEC and” NCAA meet, Parker said.

“I feel I have so much to offer in those events, so it definitely was a breath of fresh air for me.”

When the outdoor season begins Parker will compete mostly in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.

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