Edna's Parks gets track season off to fast start
Feb. 23, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.
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EDNA - Edna's Devin Parks had one thought in mind for the first track and field meet of his senior season.
"My goal was to get a 10.6," Parks said.
Parks did even better, winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.57 seconds at the Cowboy Relays on Thursday night at Cowboy Memorial Stadium.
The crowd was on its feet as Parks approached the starting line on a windy and humid night, and he did not disappoint.
He bolted out of the starting block, led the entire race while seemingly coasting to the finish line.
"I'm pretty pleased, but not satisfied," Parks said.
Parks has already signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Houston on a football scholarship next season.
He knows what he does on the track helps him on the football field, but he also loves competing against other runners.
"I run a lot to stay fast for football," Parks said. "I'd like to win in every event I do. We're going to try and get as many records we can get before we go."
Parks was unbeaten in the 100 last season. He set a school record before in the event before winning the gold medal at the state meet in a time of 10.68 seconds.
"I'd like to run a hand-timed 9.9," Parks said. "In real time that would be about a 10.3 and that's my real goal."
Parks teamed up with Darius Callies, Anthony Stevens and Tyler Kucera and ran the anchor leg on the 400-relay team that set a meet record in a time of 42.25 seconds.
Parks ran the second leg on Edna's 1,600-meter relay team that included Callies, Kucera and Dennis Johnson and finished first in a time of 3:30.43.
Parks also finished second in the long jump (22-0.25) and scored 28 points at the meet.
Parks ran the 100 and the anchor leg on the 800 relay that set a school record and finished third at the state meet last season.
He's likely to run the 100, 200 and the anchor leg on the 400 relay this season, while also competing in the long jump.
Parks would love to add a team trophy to his medal collection from the state meet.
"That's what we're aiming to get," he said. "That's our goal. Get district, regional and state."