Parker was so excited to be able to participate in the 2009 Simplot Games last week. This is a major track meet that includes athletes from all over the U.S. and Canada. We even heard Edmonton mentioned a few times as the announcer was saying the names of athletes in different heats. Made me want to run onto the track and say, "Hey! Have you met Elder Evans? He's about 5'7, light brown hair...wears a suit." But I controlled myself, mostly because security would have thrown me off the premises probably.
Anyway, Parker ran the mile in 4:52.10 -- his personal record. He didn't make the finals, but as his coach said, "You can't really complain about doing your best." So true.
It was quick trip to Pocatello and back -- about 2 hours each way. But when you have Parker's iTrip blasting music all the way, it goes by in a flash.
Parker in the Holt Arena before the race.
Simplot Games signs
Determination at the starting line/
Flying through the air.
Coach Wiley timing Parker's splits.
The big finish. Personal record! Yay!!!
The after-race face.