ACCC’s Parker is NJCAA indoor triple jump champ

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Cameron Parker

Not underestimating his competition even though he had the top jump going into the NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships, Cameron Parker did what he has done all season.
Jump further. Improve on his career best in the triple jump.
Parker, a freshman from Nassau, Bahamas, made Allen County Community College history Saturday. He became the Red Devils’ first-ever national indoor track champion.
“I knew there were two great guys who can jump far so I never underestimated anyone at the national meet,” Parker said. “My first jump put me in the lead and I was confident I was going to win then.”
Parker is the 2009 NJCAA indoor triple jump champion. His first-place leap of 51 feet, 10 1/2 inches also increased the ACCC school mark, which had extended two times already this season.
“My coach back home contacted Coach Fletcher for me. Coach Fletcher had seen how far I was jumping at home so he offered me an athletic scholarship,” said Parker, about his decision to attend Allen County.
“Since coming here, I’ve improved my distances all season.”
Allen County’s track athletes had a strong showing at the national meet on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend.
“We really did well. It makes me excited about the outdoor season,” said Clinton Fletcher, ACCC head track coach.
Allen County had two NJCAA All-Americans in Parker and freshman Isiah Young of Junction City.
Young captured third in the men’s 55-meter dash in 6.29 seconds. He also placed 23rd in the 200-meter dash.
“Coming here my goal was to be a champion as a freshman. I saw that I was improving throughout the season and working hard to reach that goal,” Parker said.
Teammate DeAndre Simmons set an ACCC 200-meter indoor record in finishing 10th in 21.54 seconds. D. Simmons is a freshman from Norfolk, Va.
Also in the 200 meters, sophomore Selwyn Tatum of Longview, Texas, was 31st in 22.24 seconds. He was 39th in the 55-meter dash in 6.63 seconds. Freshman Marwin Simmons, a freshman from Wachula, Fla., was 41st in the 55 meters in 6.64 seconds.
M. Simmons was 22nd in the men’s long jump with a leap of 22’7 3/4”.
Carlyle Thompson led a trio of Red Devils in the 400-meter dash. Thompson, a freshman from the Bahamas, was 16th in 49.04 seconds followed by freshman Jean Frenot from Wachula, Fla., in 22nd at 49.44 seconds. D. Simmons was 34th in 50.60 seconds.
Thompson and Tatum combined with sophomore Casey Canada and freshman Antonio Burnett to take 17th in the 4x400-meter relay race. They posted a time of 3 minutes, 22.54 seconds.
Canada is from Hot Springs, Ark., and Burnett is from Pine Bluff, Ark.
Allen County’s men finished 11th as a team with 16 points.

THE ACCC WOMEN had good individual performances.
Angie Larrier, freshman from Ft Lauderdale, Fla., set the ACCC mark in the 55-meter dash, running 7.08 seconds in the preliminaries. Larrier, who earned National Track and Field Coaches’ All-America honors, placed eighth in the finals in 7.17 seconds.
Larrier claimed 12th overall in the 200-meter dash in 24.99 seconds. That was a new ACCC standard for that race.
Freshman Keythra Richards, who is from the Bahamas, finished seventh overall in the women’s triple jump. She had a leap of 37’2 1/2”.
Freshman Postenea Louisjeune from Wachula, Fla., claimed ninth in the high jump. She cleared the bar at 5’3”.
Louisjeune placed 16th in the long jump at 16’8 1/2” and Richard was 18th at 16’3 3/4”.
The Red Devil athletes have a couple of weeks to switch gears in training for their outdoor season. The 2009 outdoor season begins March 28 at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City.