PSJ’s Parker qualifies for NCAA track and field meet

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

“It was more of an atmosphere change than anything,” Parker said. “Coach (Floreal) is just so positive and has been so positive with me, working on technique and conditioning.”

But Parker said, her indoor season did not finish on quite the up note as it began because, well, it wasn’t 100 meters.

“The times were consistent but I could see I am a 100 meter hurdler,” Parker said. “I am a strong closer. Indoors, there are five hurdles. I am strongest from hurdle three through eight (out of 10 hurdles outdoors) so I never had a chance to really show that closing speed.”

Parker had spent much of the outdoor season ranked No. 10-11 in the East and 13th overall in the nation in her event.

So, as she said, it “wasn’t a far-fetched idea” that she had what it took to qualify for her first nationals.

“The training I have done and trying to keep running the same time or faster, the consistency I think speaks for itself,” Parker said of her outdoor season.

That she will be running on the same track made famous by the late Steve Prefontaine, considered one of the great middle- and long-distance runners the country has produced, only adds to the excitement.

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