College sports

Parker excels in cross country at Colby-Sawyer

Winterport resident also strong in track and field
By Staff | Apr 04, 2014
Courtesy of: Colby-Sawyer Kylee Parker.

New London, N.H. — Kylee Parker of Winterport experienced a standout freshman season on the Colby-Sawyer women's cross-country team.

The 5-foot 2-inch running standout, who also competes in track and field during the spring at the school, is a graduate of Hampden Academy.

In the fall, she was Colby-Sawyer's top cross-country runner and received many accolades.

Parker led the cross-country team to a third-place finish at the North Atlantic Conference championship. She placed fourth overall and earned a spot on the All-NAC first team, an honor for which was she was recognized in the Spring 2014 issue of Colby-Sawyer, the biannual print alumni magazine published by Colby-Sawyer College.

A member of the Class of 2017, Parker is acknowledged in the "The Season in Sports" section of the magazine.

The Colby-Sawyer magazine features accomplishment stories of current students as well as graduates, collegiate event narratives, and institutional developments in order to keep the alumni body connected to its alma mater.

Read the magazine by clicking here: http://www.colby-sawyer.edu/news/alummag.html.

Among Parker's highlights in cross country were:

On Sept. 14 at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, Parker finished second in 21:38 in the Terrier Classic Invitational. For that effort Parkr was named the NAC women's cross-country rookie of the week.

On Sept. 21 at the University of Southern Maine Invitational in Portland, Parker set a Colby-College 5-kilometer record with a time of 19:41.91.

On Sept. 28 at the Bowdoin College Invitational in Brunswick, Parker finished 22nd at 24:37.08.

On Oct. 12 at the James Earley Invitational in Westfield, Mass., Parker finished 34th among 361 runners in 20:08.9.

On Oct. 20 at the Western New England Invitational in Springfield, Mass., Parker finished seventh at 19:58. For her effort Parker was named NAC women's cross-country rookie of the week for the second time on the season. It was her third top-10 finish of the season.

Parker also has excelled in track and field early this spring, including turning in a school record-breaking performance at the Tufts Snowflake Track and Field Classic on March 29. In the 5,000-meter run, she clocked in at 19:28.50 to place 14th. Parker bested the previous school record of 19:33.75 set by Bri Dunn March 24, 2012.

At Hampden Academy, Parker earned varsity letters in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She was member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Mary Lynn Hersey, Greg Parker, Rob Hersey (step dad) and Laura Parker (step mom). Parker is a history and political studies major at Colby-Sawyer.

Colby-Sawyer is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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