Event: Hammer Throw
PR: 79.20m/259-10 (2004)
Born: 1975 in Biloxi, Mississippi
Current Residence: Tuscon, Ariz.
High School: Northridge (Layton, Utah) HS '94
College: Utah State '01
Coach: Stewart Togher
Club: United States Air Force
Career Highlights: Three-time USA Outdoor champion; 2006 USA Outdoor runner-up; (2003-2005); 2004 USA Indoor WT champion; 2003 Pan Am silver medalist; 9-time NCAA All-American
Parker won three consecutive USA hammer throw titles before finishing as the runner-up in 2006. He ended the 2004 outdoor season owning five of the top six hammer throws by an American. He captured his first national title at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships, and ended the campaign ranked #1 nationally for the first time. Parker bettered his previous personal best on three occasions in 2003 and won the silver medal at the Pan American Games...A seven-time Big West Conference champion while at Utah State University, Parker also earned NCAA All-American status nine times during his career. Parker was named the 1995 Big West Track Athlete of the Year after winning conference titles that year in the shot put, discus and hammer. Parker owns Utah State school records in the indoor shot put (18.34m/60-2.25) and weight throw (21.57m/70-9.25), and outdoor school records in the shot put, discus (58.56m/192-1) and hammer (73.32m/240-7). As a prep Parker lettered three times for coach Rudy Jones at Northridge HS. A former Utah state discus champion, Parker is also a two-time state shot put champ…A member of the Mormon faith, Parker did not compete in 1996 and ’97 while he was on his religious mission … one of four children…married to Kamilla, they have a son, James, born May 2003…majored in Exercise Science at Utah State.
2008: 7th at Olympic Trials (69.97m/229-07)
2007: 7th at USA Indoors (21.03m/69-0)...2nd at Eugene (71.91m/233-7)...best of 71.91m/233-7...did not compete at USA Outdoor Champs...best of 71.91m/233-7.
2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (72.33m/237-04)...1st at Tucson (72.46m/237-9)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 72.46m/237-9.
2005: 1st at USA Outdoor Champs (74.15m/243-3)...11th in qualifying Group B at World Outdoor Champs (71.95m/236-0)...did not compete at USA Indoors...1st at Tucson meet on 5/21 (73.98m/242-8)...5th at Lapua (74.67m/244-11)...best of 74.67m/244-11.
2004: 1st at Olympic Trials (77.58m/254-6)...threw 75.04m/246-2 in qualifying at Olympic Games...1st at Provo meet on 6/26 (79.20m/259-10)...2nd at Eugene meet on 6/19 (77.78m/255-2)...1st at Eugene meet on 5/1 (77.54m/253-9)...2nd at Walnut meet on 4/18 (76.94m/252-5)...1st at Boston meet on 2/27 (76-0.75m/231-8)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 79.20m/259-10.
2003: USA Outdoor champion (73.04m/239-7)...Pan Am Games silver medalist (74.35m/243-11)...1st at Stanford on March 29 (73.98m/242-8)...1st at Mt. SAC (75.32m/247-1)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 75.32m/247-1.
2002: 2nd at Modesto meet on 5/11(67.03m/219-11)...3rd at Eugene meet on 4/27 (70.49m/231-3)
1997: Religious mission.
1996: Religious mission.
1995: 11th at NCAA Outdoors (65.94m/216-4)Big West hammer (65.92m/216-3), discus (50.38m/165-3) and shot put champ (16.78m/55-0.75)best of 65.94m/216-4.