PSJ’s Parker qualifies for NCAA track and field meet

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

Parker, ranked No. 2 in the 100 meter hurdles in UK history, ran a 13.26, just off her personal best at the East Prelims.

She is one of just four female athletes from UK to qualify to the national meet and one of six Wildcat athletes overall that will be making their debut at the national meet.

"My overall take heading into the NCAA is we are moving forward," said UK first-year head coach Edrick Floreal. "There is still quite a bit of work to do, but I think the most important thing at a meet like this (East Prelims) is leaving an impression. When you make an impression where other people notice how much better and different the team is, to me, is important.

"Making our own mark and being noticed for building something special is the most important thing. Having the kids buy in and realize the possibility of being great is yet there."

Part of that something special is Parker, who attributes much of the credit for a breakout season on the shoulders of Floreal.

After two years of struggling, due largely to competing in the heptathlon, a multi-specialty event, Parker has hurdled her way up the UK history books – she put herself among the nation’s elite with a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season – in large measure because of Floreal.

When Floreal came in, one of his first moves was putting Parker in her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, in which she won four state titles in high school.

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