PSJ’s Parker qualifies for NCAA track and field meet

Kayla Parker

Kayla Parker

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

Kayla Parker is on fast forward.

The former Port St. Joe High School standout qualified last weekend for the NCAA Division I track and field meet held this week in Eugene, Oregon.

Parker, a junior at the University of Kentucky, qualified eighth in the 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA East Prelims to reach the national semifinals which will take place today and will be streamed live by the NCAA.

Twelve runners came out of the East and West regions for the 100 meter hurdles, setting up a three-stage semifinal.

The finals in the event will be Saturday.

“It’s is amazing,” Parker said by phone from Portland, Oregon as her team traveled to the NCAA national meet. “I am just so blessed to have this opportunity.

“I don’t put a time or place on things as a goal or anything. I just want to continue running faster and competing. I know I can go faster. I am pleased so far, but I am not satisfied.”

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